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{{translation|'''Orochimaru'''|大蛇丸|Orochimaru}} is one of [[Konohagakure]]'s legendary [[Sannin]]. With a life-ambition to learn all of the world's secrets, Orochimaru seeks immortality so that he might live all of the lives necessary to accomplish his task. He defected from Konoha rather than be persecuted for his ambitions, and for many years sought the village's destruction in order to take revenge and demonstrate what he has learned. After several apparent deaths in the pursuit of his goals, Orochimaru realises his approach is flawed through [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and begins monitoring the choices and actions of his former associate, [[Sasuke Uchiha]].
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== Background ==
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[[File:Orochimaru As A Kid.PNG|thumb|left|Orochimaru as a child.]]
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Orochimaru was an orphan who became a pupil of [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]] alongside [[Jiraiya]] and [[Tsunade]]. Compared to the more laid back Jiraiya, Orochimaru stood out as a genius — his talents, knowledge, and determination were considered by Hiruzen to be that of a prodigy seen once in a generation.<ref name="c122p7">''Naruto'' chapter 122, page 7</ref> According to Tsunade, Orochimaru had a twisted personality even as a child. His sadistic attitude was presumably due to the death of his parents. At some point after losing them, Orochimaru found a white snake near his parents' grave, with Hiruzen's explanation of it representing fortune and rebirth inspiring Orochimaru to study [[kinjutsu]] and obtain knowledge of all techniques.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 344, pages 16-17</ref> Jiraiya theorised that Orochimaru went down this path in an attempt to forget his painful memories.
| kanji = 大蛇丸
 
| romaji = Orochimaru
 
| other = The Giant Snake
 
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| manga debut = Chapter 45
 
| anime debut = Episode 27
 
| appears in = Anime and Manga
 
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| japanese = {{Voice actors|ja|Kujira|e1=(as original form)|Yuriko Yamaguchi|e2=(as Shiore)|Mayumi Yamaguchi|e3=(as a child)|Sachiko Kojima|e4=(as female body)|Masahiko Tanaka|e5=(as 4th Kazekage)}}
 
| english = {{Voice actors|en|Steven Jay Blum|e1=(as original form)|Mary Elizabeth McGlynn|e2=(as Shiore)|Michelle Ruff|e3=(as female body)|Crispin Freeman|e5=(as 4th Kazekage)}}
 
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{{Infobox/Character/Naruto/Ninja
 
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| classification = Sannin, S-Class, Missing-nin
 
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{{Infobox/Character/Personal
 
| birthdate = October 27
 
| age =
 
* Part I: 50-51
 
* Part II: 53-54 (Sealed, presumed deceased)
 
| height =
 
* Part I: 179.4 - 172 cm
 
* Part II: 172.0 cm
 
| weight =
 
* Part I: 63.9 - 57.3 kg
 
* Part II: 57.3 kg
 
| gender = Male
 
| species =
 
| blood type = B
 
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{{Infobox/Character/Naruto/Akatsuki
 
| ring = 空([[Wikipedia:Void|Void]])
 
| position = Left Little Finger
 
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{{Infobox/Character/Loyalty
 
| assistant = [[Kabuto Yakushi]]
 
| previous partner = [[Sasori]]
 
| affiliation = [[Otogakure]] (former leader)
 
| previous affiliation =
 
* [[Konohagakure]]
 
* [[Akatsuki]]
 
| team =
 
| previous team =
 
* [[Team Hiruzen]]
 
* [[Team Dosu]]
 
| occupation =
 
| previous occupation = Founder and Leader of Otogakure
 
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{{Infobox/Character/Other
 
| title = Nature Type
 
| hidden =
 
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* [[Earth Release|Earth]]
 
* [[Wind Release|Wind]]
 
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| title = Jutsu/Weapon
 
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* [[Eight Branches Technique]]
 
* [[Earth Clone Technique]]
 
* [[Five Elements Seal]]
 
* [[Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]]
 
* [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|Juinjutsu]]
 
* [[Kusanagi Sword: Long Sword of the Heavens]]
 
* [[Leech All Creation: Attack Prevention Technique]]
 
* [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]]
 
* [[Multiple Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]]
 
* [[Myriad Snake Net Formation]]
 
* [[Orochimaru's Oral Rebirth Technique (Unnamed)|Oral Rebirth Technique]]
 
* [[Snake Authority Spell]]
 
* [[Soft Physique Modification]]
 
* [[Summoning Technique]] (Snakes)
 
* [[Summoning: Impure World Resurrection]]
 
* [[Summoning: Triple Rashomon]]
 
* [[Temporary Paralysis Technique]]
 
* [[Vanishing Facial Copy Technique]]
 
* [[Wind Release: Great Breakthrough]]
 
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{{translation|'''Orochimaru'''|大蛇丸|Orochimaru}} was one of the [[Konohagakure]]'s three legendary ninja or [[Sannin]], and was known as the "Giant Snake" (due to his affinity to snakes). He was the primary antagonist for most of Part 1. He was the student that everyone believed would become the Fourth [[Hokage]], but his hunger for power led him to commit dark experiments and practice forbidden jutsu (it has also been explained that his descent into darkness may have been caused by the death of his parents). After the Third discovers what has been going on, Orochimaru left Konoha and forms [[Otogakure]] in the [[Land of Rice]]. Oto is actually a group of numerous hideouts and bases scattered throughout the Land of Rice and other countries. He was responsible for countless immoral experiments and collecting many ninja with unique abilities in his numerous hidden bases. He wished more than anything to find the ultimate body and improve himself to the state of a god. He has attempted to possess [[Itachi Uchiha]], [[Kimimaro]], [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Guren]]'s body, but all of the attempts have failed for various reasons (Kimimaro had an illness that prevented Orochimaru from possessing him, Itachi's powers allowed him to reverse the jutsu and sever Orochimaru's left hand, Guren was too late to make it to his lair so he had to chose a new body to save his life, and Sasuke also managed to reverse the jutsu and possess Orochimaru's soul instead). Note that the events with Guren only occur in the anime.
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[[File:Hanzo and Sannin.png|thumb|right|Orochimaru, Tsunade and Jiraiya earn the title "Sannin" by Hanzō during the Second Shinobi World War.]]
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During the [[Second Shinobi World War]], Orochimaru joined Jiraiya and Tsunade in fighting [[Hanzō]], who gave them the title of Konoha's {{translation|"Three Legendary Shinobi"|伝説の三忍|Densetsu no Sannin}} as a reward for surviving their battle with him, while the rest of their group were easily slaughtered in the process.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 369, pages 11-12</ref> On their way back to Konoha, they encountered three [[Amegakure]] [[Ame Orphans|orphans]], with Orochimaru proposing a mercy killing before Jiraiya chose to train them instead.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 372, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 446, page 4</ref> In the anime, Orochimaru orchestrated the last known rampage of the [[Eight-Tails]] in [[Kumogakure]] by infiltrating the village while disguised as a Kumo-nin and posing as [[Fukai]]'s [[Fukai's Doctor|doctor]] in order to trick him into taking special [[Genjutsu Pill|genjutsu inducing pills]], allowing him to extract the tailed beast. After its rampage, Orochimaru obtained the severed horn of the Eight-Tails and harvested Fukai's DNA from it.<ref name="ship318">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 318</ref>
   
Orochimaru's name comes from the Japanese folktale, the [[wikipedia:Orochimaru|Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya]], which in turn was inspired by the legend of the [[Wikipedia:Yamata no Orochi|Yamata no Orochi]]. Orochi means "Great Snake" and Maru is a common suffix in male names.
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[[File:Orochimaru and Anko.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru and his student, Anko.]]
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Some time after Team Hiruzen was disbanded, Orochimaru became an [[ANBU]] member and joined [[Root]] to work directly under [[Danzō Shimura]], while also becoming a mentor to [[Anko Mitarashi]]. It was during that time that Orochimaru met [[Kabuto Yakushi]] while accompanying Danzō in forcing the boy's guardian, [[Nonō]], into a mission.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 583, page 1-8</ref> While Orochimaru's ambitions did include becoming the [[Fourth Hokage]], he intended to use the title for his own agenda.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 121, page 7</ref> Though Hiruzen knew the potential evil his former pupil had in him, he hoped to stir Orochimaru from the path before slowly realising that he was beyond anyone's help.<ref name="c122p7" /> When Hiruzen finally named [[Minato Namikaze]] his successor, Orochimaru saw no more reason to remain in Konoha and began to be less discreet with his actions.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 116, pages 3-4</ref> This led to his experimentation on [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA with sixty children he kidnapped to recreate the First's [[Wood Release]], having help from Danzō.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 351</ref> Believing it to be a failure, Orochimaru was unaware that [[Yamato|one child]] had survived his Wood Release experiment. He later refined the process enough to inject Hashirama's cells into Danzō's arm, while also endowing the elder with multiple [[Sharingan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 291, pages 14-15</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 478, pages 10-11</ref>
   
==Background==
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Orochimaru performed various experiments on his prisoners, some being fellow Konoha shinobi he kidnapped. He used them as human guinea pigs to develop techniques that would grant him immortality, the end result being [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]]. Some time later, Orochimaru was at the outskirts of [[Kirigakure]] as he found [[Kimimaro]], the sole survivor of the [[Kaguya clan]]. Soon after, thanks in part to Kimimaro, Orochimaru's research on the source of [[Jūgo]]'s powers led him to find the [[Ryūchi Cave]] and master [[senjutsu]].<ref name="Naruto chapter 579, page 17">''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 17</ref> Unable to enter [[Sage Mode]] because of the fragility of his host body, Orochimaru instead developed an alternate method of harnessing his senjutsu chakra through [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]], which he tested on Anko and several others before eventually using the finalised versions on Kimimaro and the [[Sound Four]]. In the anime, Orochimaru found the [[Iburi clan]] living underground near Kohoha. Taking an interest in their ability to [[Iburi Clan's Kekkei Genkai|become smoke]], Orochimaru took advantage of the clan's fear of their imperfect and potentially fatal transformation by partially stabilising it with his cursed seals. Telling them that he needed more research to perfect the process, the clan willingly gave Orochimaru test subjects.<ref name="NS352">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 352</ref> In the anime, Orochimaru witnessed [[Itachi Uchiha]] performing a training run normally meant for older and more experienced users due to the danger of it. After the young Uchiha flawlessly completed it, Orochimaru instantly became amazed and excited at Itachi's advanced growth rate.
[[Image:Tsunade First Meets Jiraiya.jpg|thumb|left|The First Meeting of Team Hiruzen.]]
 
Orochimaru was originally a student of the [[Third Hokage]] as a part of a three-man team consisting of himself, [[Jiraiya]], and [[Tsunade]]. From a young age, Orochimaru's stood out as a prodigy. His talents, Knowledge, and determination was considered by his sensei a sight seen once a generation. Team Hiruzen mirrored [[Team Kakashi]] in nearly every way with Orochimaru being the indifferent genius of the group. Orochimaru was kind as a child and for a lot of his adult life, but later grew to become aloof, arrogant, and somewhat sadistic. His sadistic attitude was, presumably due to the death of his parents, which led him to study [[kinjutsu]]. Jiraiya theorized that Orochimaru went down this path in an attempt to forget about his painful memories. Sarutobi in particular had very high hopes for Orochimaru, often berating the clumsy Jiraiya and telling him he should be more like his teammate. After becoming the Third Hokage, Sarutobi hoped that one day Orochimaru would succeed him.
 
   
While Orochimaru's ambitions did include becoming the Fourth Hokage, his eyes were set upon goals quite alien to the ideals traditionally associated with the title and emphatically embraced by his teacher. Hiruzen knew that "a shinobi's true strength will manifest when protecting something important," and the Hokage's role is to love and protect the people of the village as if they were a family. For Orochimaru, however, Hokage was nothing more than a potential conquest on the way to what truly interested him - power.
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[[File:Kabuto and Orochimaru meet again.png|right|thumb|Orochimaru encounters Kabuto again after he retreated from Iwagakure.]]
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Orochimaru was later sent on a mission by Danzō to [[Iwagakure]] to ensure that both Kabuto and Nonō, the former having joined Root as a spy, killed each other as they had become major liabilities. Orochimaru instead spirited Kabuto to his [[Orochimaru's Hideouts#Island Laboratory|hideout]], which would become part of his personal hidden village, [[Otogakure]], and revealed Root's intent for Kabuto's life and the role he was to play in it. Though Orochimaru revealed that he was also sent to kill the one who survived this ordeal, he told Kabuto that he saw a bit of himself in the boy and decided killing him would be a waste of great talent. Therefore, Orochimaru offered Kabuto a position as his right hand and spy with the promise of an identity.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 583, page 17-20</ref>
   
Hiruzen had hoped to make his student see the error of his ways, but as more time passed, it became evident that Orochimaru was a lost cause. This culminated in Orochimaru kidnapping his fellow Konoha shinobi as human guinea pigs. He experimented on them to develop techniques that would grant him immortality, as he had already decided that he would settle for no less than to learn all jutsu in the world (a task that would take much more than one human lifetime). When the many disappearances were finally traced back to Orochimaru, Hiruzen knew that it was his duty to kill him. At the time however, Hiruzen was unable to bring himself to kill his prized student for whom he had had such high hopes for. When Hiruzen finally retired years later he chose a student of Jiraiya's, [[Minato Namikaze]], over Orochimaru as his successor, thus making Minato the Fourth Hokage.
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As his test subjects began to die off, Orochimaru was caught red-handed by Hiruzen. Though he knew it was his duty, Hiruzen lacked the will to kill his student, allowing him to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 121-122</ref> In the anime, during his escape, Orochimaru was found by [[Kakashi Hatake]]. Despite the young prodigy's best efforts, Orochimaru swiftly defeated him. Letting his guard down at the approach of a snake, Orochimaru was greatly injured by an [[explosive tag]] concealed in the snake's mouth. Cursing Hiruzen for ruining his plans, though greatly injured, Orochimaru quickly regained his composure. He then resumed his retreat from the country, leaving a terrified Kakashi frozen in place from his [[Killing Intent|malicious glare]] alone.<ref name="NS352" /> Seriously wounded, Orochimaru visited the cave where the Iburi clan lived and killed them all, trying to restore his power. Upon the arrival of the youngest member, [[Yukimi]], Orochimaru pursued her while being chased by Kakashi Hatake and [[Kinoe]]. Eventually, he managed to take a sample of Yukimi's blood, intending to inject it into himself to temporarily gain her ability and slip across the border, but he was attacked before he could do so and quickly escaped.<ref name="NS354">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 354</ref> Orochimaru managed to destroy most of his research facilities and booby-trap the rest.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref>
   
Realizing that he had hit a dead end in his quest to become the ultimate being and therefore had nothing to gain from staying in Konoha, Orochimaru defected from the village and joined the elite criminal organization of [[Akatsuki]]. His old teammate, Jiraiya, tried to convince him to reconsider, but to no avail - he betrayed the village and the title of the 'Three Legendary Sannin' (although he is still known as one of the Legendary Three). Although the role Orochimaru played in Akatsuki is unclear, it is known that he was partnered with [[Sasori]] prior to his defection (the two apparently had great respect for each other when they were partners; Sasori also claimed that Orochimaru and him did a lot when they were partners in the organization). It was around this time that Orochimaru tried to steal Itachi Uchiha's body. Orochimaru was able to use his Living Corpse Reincarnation Technique, but Itachi used his Sharingan to reverse it and damage Orochimaru's body, causing him to leave Akatsuki to acquire a new body. Thus, he set his sights on Sasuke Uchiha. He eventually founded his own village, Otogakure.
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[[File:Orochimaru attacks Itachi.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru attacks Itachi.]]
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Orochimaru ultimately escaped Konoha, leaving his emotionally broken mentor, with Jiraiya's plea for him to reconsider falling on deaf ears. Orochimaru soon joined the elite criminal organisation [[Akatsuki]], his role in which was unclear, although he was partnered with [[Sasori]], with whom he did much good for the organisation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 267, page 4</ref> However, when [[Itachi Uchiha]] joined Akatsuki after conducting the [[Uchiha clan massacre]], Orochimaru saw his opportunity to steal his body to gain possession of the Sharingan. Itachi used his Sharingan to stop him from doing so, while also cutting Orochimaru's left hand off to prevent him from breaking the [[Demonic Illusion: Shackling Stakes|genjutsu]] he was under, which lead to him leaving Akatsuki to acquire a new body.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 345</ref> For Orochimaru's defection, Sasori developed a grudge against him and used Kabuto, whom Orochimaru had sent to serve as his spy within Akatsuki, to counter spy as his [[Memory-Concealing Manipulative Sand Technique|sleeper agent]]. However, Orochimaru discovered and undid the technique Sasori had used on him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 290, page 14</ref> Orochimaru had also been on a life-long search for the [[Totsuka Sword]], an ethereal sword, but was unaware that it was in the possession of Itachi's [[Susanoo]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 392, pages 16-17</ref>
   
==Personality==
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== Personality ==
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Orochimaru possesses a complex personality, however more often than not he was described as ''twisted'' by a large number of people, including [[Tsunade]]. [[Jiraiya]] speculated that this was due to the fact that both of his parents died when he was at a very young age, along with his horror for Tsunade losing [[Nawaki]] and later shedding tears when she lost [[Dan]], imply that Orochimaru grew to disdain the fragility of human life and how it affected those still living, which led him to desire immortality. To that end, the primary purpose of Orochimaru's human experimentation is to test what modifications the human body can endure and harness a subject's unique abilities for himself. Once accomplishing this goal, Orochimaru had hoped to be worthy of the title of "''ultimate being''", unable to die and able to achieve his secondary goal to learn every ninja technique in the world, which would normally take many lifetimes to obtain.
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According to Sasuke, becoming cruel with any good he had as a member of Team Hiruzen gone, Orochimaru's agenda made him develop a [[Wikipedia:God complex|god complex]] and valued himself while delighting in striking terror in his first impressions. Though causing conflict to ease his boredom, Orochimaru seems to have no interest in wars started by others.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, pages 9-10</ref> His charisma also attracts a number of followers, many of which he would not hesitate to send on potential suicide missions if for his own personal benefit, expressing some remorse if they're unable to properly complete a task, having no sentimental attachments to any of them despite their values. Despite this, Orochimaru has genuine interest in the development of his underlings and experiments.
   
Orochimaru's various human experiments take place so as to serve two purposes, most prominent of which was his desire to learn every jutsu in the Naruto world. Jiraiya speculates that this was due to the fact that his parents died when he was at a very young age, and flashbacks shown during his battle with the Third Hokage speak to this effect. Perhaps because he wanted to see his parents or as a means of avenging their deaths, he experiments on others to see what kind of modifications the human body can endure and to otherwise harness a subject's unique abilities for himself. Once accomplishing this goal, Orochimaru had hoped to be worthy of the title of "ultimate being". Because a human's lifespan does not allow enough time to learn every jutsu, Orochimaru also experimented on others so as to achieve immortality. By living throughout the ages, Orochimaru needed to never worry about death and thus all the knowledge he gained would never be lost.
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Taking Sasuke as an apprentice, seeing him as a prodigy like himself, Orochimaru intended to take the youth's body to obtain the Sharingan to reach another step in his goal of immortality and learning every technique in the world. This goal has developed to the point of obsession. However, despite knowing that Sasuke was willing to do anything for revenge, including sacrificing his own body, Orochimaru did anticipate treachery from his disciple and showed only a small level of surprise when it actually occurred. What truly surprised Orochimaru was Sasuke's decision to follow his own path and ultimately choosing defend the village he initially swore to destroy, one that Orochimaru openly approved and curious to see what the end result it.
   
Above all else, Orochimaru cares only for himself. He grows bored when there is no conflict or violence in the world, and immediately strikes fear into others when they first meet him. Though he has a number of followers who would do anything for him, Orochimaru treats them as mere pawns. He does not hesitate to send them to their deaths for his own personal benefit, and only finds remorse in their loss if they are unable to properly complete a task. To win over these followers to their disposable status, Orochimaru approaches them with promises of making their dreams, such as obtaining power, revenge, or a purpose to their lives, come true. He applies a cursed seal to many of his stronger subordinates in order to corrode their body and mind, making them more susceptible to his influence and control.
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He also had an initial disdain toward [[Naruto Uzumaki]], believing him to be a poor excuse for a ninja until he defeated Kabuto with the Rasengan. Despite attempting to kill Naruto at the time after coming to the realisation that he would become a threat to him in the future, Orochimaru became interested in Naruto's development, provoking Naruto during their battle to see his full abilities at the time. Though coming to hate his home village, orchestrating a few attempts to destroy it, Orochimaru despised his former Akatsuki colleagues more. Throughout Part II, if Orochimaru was not busy with Sasuke's development, he would try to cripple the Akatsuki's operations, seen in the "Sai and Sasuke Arc" as well as the "Three-Tails Arc". He expresses delight over the death of Sasori and later convinced Sasuke from killing Team Kakashi so they would thin out the Akatsuki membership.
   
==Part I==
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An aspect of Orochimaru's personality is also his greatest weakness: his arrogance. He truly believed he is immortal at times, attacking recklessly against powerful opponents such as his former teacher and [[Itachi Uchiha]]. Both times he was left crippled in some way since he either wanted to make his opponent suffer, like against Hiruzen, or because he was too uninformed to face his opponent, like against Itachi. Despite his distinct lack of morals, Orochimaru seems to be well-versed in psychological warfare and displays insightful wisdom when disparaging Tobirama for the actions resulting from his policies.
   
===Plans for Revenge===
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After being revived by Sasuke, his personality changed a bit. While he still wished that he could gain Sasuke's body, he acknowledged that he was too weak at the time. He also realised that copying someone completely was a mistake from his observation of Kabuto and displayed interest in Sasuke's "different path". Later, he felt sentimental over his failed candidacy for being Hokage, though this may be because he was in front of his master and the Fourth. Wanting to see Sasuke's path, he chose to fight alongside the Uchiha instead of ignoring Madara's war like he planned, and even made it a priority to heal Tsunade and the other Kage after their defeat before hurrying to the battlefield. Orochimaru also shows a sick sense of humour at the time, from using the memory of Sasuke stabbing him to convince Karin to aid the youth again to his comical method of threatening her and Suigetsu into cooperating to heal Tsunade. Orochimaru has also shown signs of regret, seemingly saddened by his childhood friend Jiraiya's death. Orochimaru does also seem to genuinely care about Sasuke's well being, as he originally thought it was best to take his time figuring out how to battle Guruguru but quickly decided against taking his time when Karin sensed Sasuke was on the verge of death.
[[Image:OrochimaruGrass.jpg|thumb|left|Orochimaru disguised as Shiore.]]
 
[[image:Orochimaru_Silhouette.jpg|thumb|right|Orochimaru's silhouette]]
 
For a while, Orochimaru left Konoha alone, plotting to destroy them when he was ready. The opportunity presented itself with the start of the [[Chunin exams]]. With this, Orochimaru saw both a chance to destroy his former home and acquire Sasuke Uchiha's body as his own. Having Sasuke's body would give him the [[Sharingan]], which would aid him greatly in his ultimate goal.
 
   
Before the exams began, Orochimaru enlisted the help of [[Sunagakure]], since his own village lacked the necessary strength to defeat Konoha. Already being weakened by their own feudal lord, the village gladly accepted. Orochimaru later killed the [[Fourth Kazekage|Fourth]] [[Kazekage]] and assumed his place to get close to the Third Hokage. He also had the Kazekage's bodyguards killed off and had the [[Sound Four]] impersonate them.
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== Appearance ==
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[[File:Orochimaru full.png|thumb|Orochimaru.]]
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Originally, Orochimaru was a tall man with extremely pale skin and waist-length black hair. He had a long face with pronounced cheekbones, golden eyes with slits in his pupils and purple markings around his eyes — a reference to his snake-like nature. Although he has taken on new bodies repeatedly, he has modified them each to resemble his original form, minus the height differences. He apparently used his [[Vanishing Facial Copy Technique]] on his original body so he can wear it over his hosts' faces as a mask.
   
During the second part of the Chunin exams, he entered the Forest of Death disguised as a Kusagakure ninja named [[Shiore]] as well as having two of his men impersonate Shiore's comrades (The original comrades were killed by Orochimaru. The bodies were disposed of outside of Konohagakure and their faces were stolen). During a confrontation with [[Naruto Uzumaki|Naruto]], Sasuke, and [[Sakura Haruno|Sakura]], he sealed Naruto's demon fox chakra and branded Sasuke with his Cursed Seal of Heaven. Orochimaru was discovered by [[Anko Mitarashi|Anko]], but the exams continued due to his threat of retaliation. His [[Team Dosu|Genin team]] (consisting of [[Dosu Kinuta]], [[Zaku Abumi]], and [[Kin Tsuchi]]) was sent to kill Sasuke, but the three were unaware that they were just measuring posts for Sasuke's power. The three of them were fought off by a combined effort from Sakura Haruno, [[Rock Lee]], and [[Team 10]], who happened to discover them while Sakura was holding them at bay. Sasuke's awakening of his Cursed Seal caused them to retreat.
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[[File:Orochimaru's Summoning Tattoo.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru's summoning tattoo.]]
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Orochimaru is sometimes seen sporting different attires. He usually wears plain grey garbs with black pants and a thick purple rope belt tied in a large knot behind his back and blue [[tomoe]]-shaped earrings. He is seen wearing a black polo neck under it. As a young child, he wore long white robes with purple lining embroidered with black or yellow tomoe markings, tied with a purple ribbon forming a bow in the front, as well as white leggings and black open-toed shoes, and mesh top with a purple lining under it. In various flashbacks, he is also seen wearing the Oto ninja uniform and forehead protector, as well as the Konoha ninja uniform. During his time in Konoha, his casual wear usually consisted of a dark kimono shirt with violet lining over a mesh shirt, bandages that he uses as a sash, dark pants, and armour around his hips. On his left hand, he has an intricate tattoo that he uses to summon snakes. On one occasion, in which he proposed the request for Tsunade to heal his arms, he was seen wearing long purple robes with a loose pink vest, as well as a off-grey kimono with a polo neck in Zaku's flashback. On few occasions, for instance in Kimimaro's childhood flashbacks, Orochimaru is also seen wearing a pale yellowish furisode-style kimono, with a black polo neck underneath tied with a dark brown sash, and flat dark-coloured zōri sandals.
   
During the preliminary round for the finals of the Chunin Exams, Orochimaru disguised himself as the jonin sensei for Dosu's team. There he watched Sasuke's performance against [[Yoroi Akado]]. While initially hoping Sasuke's emotional state would further release the Cursed Seal, he instead watched in shock at Sasuke's will being strong enough to suppress it, ironically making Orochimaru become awe-struck and desire Sasuke even more.
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[[File:NUNSROrochimaru.png|thumb|100px|Orochimaru's Akatsuki attire.]]
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During his time with the Akatsuki, he wore the standard red and black Akatsuki robes. Orochimaru wore his slate blue Akatsuki ring, which bears the kanji for {{translation|"sky" or "void"|空|kū}}, on his left little finger. In his room, he is sometimes seen wearing a mahogany shirt with a design of two white snakes on the back of the sleeves to the back on both sides, as well as black pants.
   
After Kakashi was able to seal way the mark on Sasuke, Orochimaru confronted Kakashi and complimented him on how strong he had already become. He quickly noted being aware of Kakashi's Sharingan, making no attempt to hide his envy of Kakashi. While Kakashi tried to make Orochimaru reveal his plans, Orochimaru merely revealed that the new Hidden Sound Village was his, and that despite Kakashi's best efforts, Sasuke will eventually come to him seeking power.
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After countless experiments with his body, his true form became a giant snake ("The Great White Serpent") made up of a multitude of smaller snakes, with long and spiky black hair, a scaled face with snake-like teeth and a long tongue, black eye markings, and a pointed chin.
   
===Endgame and Failure===
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After being resurrected by Sasuke, Orochimaru has returned to his taller and seemingly original height before [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|taking]] [[Gen'yūmaru]]'s body. He also donned a black cloak and hood somewhere between his rebirth and arriving to Konoha.
[[Image:Orochimarudisguise.png|thumb|Orochimaru disguised as a Jonin from Oto.]]
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During the final part of the Chunin exams, Orochimaru started his attack, hoping to unleash giant snakes outside Konoha while [[Shukaku]] was released from [[Gaara]] within the stadium. Things did not go as planned however because Gaara grew thrilled about killing someone as powerful as Sasuke and tried to transform into Shukaku before the signal was given. During the attack, Orochimaru attempted to assassinate the Third Hokage, Hiruzen Sarutobi. The Sound Four (disguised as the Fourth Kazekage's bodyguards) were thought dead after [[ANBU Captain]] cut them in two. They then come out of disguise and made a barrier so that Hiruzen couldn't escape and so ANBU Captain's squad couldn't aide him. Orochimaru even resorted to the [[Impure World Resurrection]], summoning the departed First and Second Hokages to attack Hiruzen, sacrificing the lives of Zaku and Kin in the process. After a long and spectacular battle, the Third attempted to seal Orochimaru's soul with the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]] in the same manner as the Fourth Hokage had sealed the demon fox. Orochimaru, however, managed to impale his former mentor with his [[Kusanagi Sword]], weakening the Third to the point that he could only seal the soul in Orochimaru's arms. Having lost the ability to perform ninjutsu, and feeling an agonizing pain, Orochimaru called for retreat. Orochimaru's forces were also repelled by the sudden appearance of most of Konoha's most powerful ninja, including another Sannin, [[Jiraiya]], forcing a retreat. Afterwards, Sunagakure broke ties with Orochimaru after discovering that he killed the Fourth Kazekage.
 
   
===Reunion===
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== Abilities ==
[[Image:FemaleOrochimaru.jpg|thumb|left|Orochimaru in his female body.]]
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Being one of the legendary [[Sannin]], as well as a former member of the [[S-rank]] criminal organisation [[Akatsuki]], Orochimaru is an extraordinarily powerful ninja, being [[Kage]]-level in his own right. Even among the Sannin, he was the one who originally stood out for individual ability. He was considered as a child prodigy that appeared only once a generation. His skills were so great that during the time of his invasion of [[Konoha]], the [[Third Hokage]] feared no one in the village would be able to defeat him or even fight on equal footing with him, even himself, and that Orochimaru was strong enough to take down an entire small nation on his own. Even [[Kakashi Hatake]], one of Konoha's greatest shinobi, was filled with tremendous fear when he met him during the Chūnin Exams, and himself admitted that he wouldn't even stand a chance against his level of power. [[Sasuke Uchiha]] and [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]] also stated that the former's victory over Orochimaru was only because the latter was already severely weakened prior to their confrontation. Due to him rarely being shown fighting, he has only displayed a limited amount of techniques, though his fighting style is very fluid and it stands to reason that in his efforts to learn all existing techniques, his array of abilities has probably become larger than any other single person and that he has vast knowledge on all forms of techniques.
Initially, Orochimaru planned to have his condition healed by appealing to his old teammate, Tsunade, who had since become a legendary [[Medical-nin|medical ninja]]. He offered to revive her brother and lover, both of whom died in battle years before, in hopes that it would persuade her to cooperate. He also wanted to have the annoucement of Tsunades decision go uninterrupted and arranged for [[Kabuto Yakushi]] to assassinate Tsunades' assistant [[Shizune]], after he noticed her angered expression during his first meeting with Tsunade. Though it looked as though he had succeeded at first, it turned out that Tsunade had actually intended to kill him rather than heal him. It was Kabuto who interfered before she could do so. Strangely, Orochimaru almost seemed hurt by the betrayal, and remarked that he really would have brought her loved ones back and promised not to interfere with Konohagakure, a rarity considering his usual self-centeredness and also learned from Kabuto that while he failed in his mission he learned that Jiraiya was nearby. During his following match with Jiraiya where the two were handicapped, after seeing Naruto fighting Kabuto, Orochimaru questioned Jiraiya as to why he would train Naruto who hardly had any ninja talent compared to Sasuke, and realizes that it was due to the fact that Naruto reminds Jiraiya of himself when he was a child. When Naruto defeated Kabuto, fearing Naruto's power and not wanting the Akatsuki to get ahold of him Orochimaru attempted to kill Naruto only to be stopped by Tsunade who then acknowledges herself as the Fifth Hokage. After a large scale battle between him, Jiraiya, and Tsunade, in which all three of their largest summons were used, Orochimaru retreated. Since Tsunade wouldn't heal him, his only remaining option was to take a new host.
 
   
===Sasuke's Defection===
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During his battle against the Third Hokage, his arms were [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|sealed]] by the latter, preventing Orochimaru from forming hand signs and effectively stripping him of most of his technique arsenal. Despite this, he remained a formidable opponent, still able to hold his own against both Jiraiya (albeit greatly weakened by poison) and Tsunade simultaneously. In Part II with his hands physically restored, he was able to toy with Naruto in his [[Version 1|three-tailed]] form while his body was greatly weakened. Even with the danger Naruto later imposed in his [[Version 2|four-tailed]] form, Orochimaru could still battle evenly against Naruto and found great entertainment from the transformed Naruto's considerable power, later even expressed regret that he couldn't complete the battle as his body finally began to give in. After acquiring the Uzumaki's [[Shinigami Mask|mask of the Shinigami]], he was able to break the seal on his arms, regaining his former strength,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 10</ref> which has later showed able to calmly fight back the [[Shinju|Ten-Tails]] in its final form.
[[Image:OrochimaruGenyumaru.jpg|thumb|right|Orochimaru after posessing Gen'yumaru.]]
 
Though Orochimaru was correct in his assessment about Sasuke, who eventually sought him out for power, Sasuke did not arrive fast enough to become Orochimaru's new container. With the pain, bleeding, and gradual decay in his arms (reaching the point when soon it wouldn't matter whether Sasuke arrived or not), Kabuto proposed that Orochimaru take a new host. Kabuto then held a tournament of fights to the death between his prisoners and Orochimaru took over the body of the last man standing, [[Gen'yumaru]]. This, while getting rid of his condition, drastically delayed his plans for Sasuke (since he could only take over a new body about once every three years). When he took him over, he also noted that parts of Gen'yumaru's will and consciousness would remain in the new body's subconscious.
 
   
==Anime Filler arcs==
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=== Ninjutsu ===
===Fuma Clan Affair===
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[[File:Oral Rebirth.jpg|thumb|Orochimaru shedding his body.]]
It was revealed that some time before his invasion upon Konohagakure, Orochimaru had tricked [[Arashi Fuma]] and some of the [[Fūma clan (Land of Sound)|Fūma clan]] to serve him by saying that he would restore their clan to their former glory. After [[Kagero Fuma]], [[Kamikiri Fuma]] and [[Jigumo Fuma]]'s failure to kill Naruto, Jiraiya, and Sakura, Orochimaru killed Kamikiri and Jigumo and later absorbed them into Arashi. Kagero was healed and posed as Kabuto in her confrontation with Sakura. Orochimaru then appeared before Team 7 after Kagero's death. However, it turned out that the "Orochimaru" who was observing the events taking place in the palace was actually the now power-crazed Arashi in disguise. After a long battle, Arashi was defeated and they discovered that Orochimaru was no longer there.
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Wishing to obtain all of the techniques in the world, Orochimaru has a vast arsenal of techniques at his disposal, ranging from simple offensive ones, which nonetheless become deadly when performed by him, to higher ranking, more complicated ones. Even at a young age, he was able to utilise his former master's signature [[Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 361</ref> Orochimaru also exhibited mastery with the [[Transformation Technique]], as he was able to view Sasuke's battle with [[Yoroi Akadō]] during the [[Chūnin Exams]], undetected. He was also able to [[Vanishing Facial Copy Technique|pose]] as the Fourth Kazekage for weeks, fooling the entire village of [[Sunagakure]], including its elite shinobi and the ones closest to the dead Kazekage. After Orochimaru [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|took over]] a White Zetsu [[Spore Technique|spore clone]], Orochimaru gained access to the clone's ability to [[Substitute Technique|change its appearance]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 619, page 1</ref> He is also capable of utilising [[medical ninjutsu]] and when conducting experiments, he would make use of the [[chakra scalpel]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 113</ref>
   
===Anko's Past===
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In terms of defensive techniques, Orochimaru uses both [[Summoning: Rashōmon]] and [[Summoning: Triple Rashōmon]], in which he summons a varying number of large demonic gates that are capable of enduring even the most intense forms of damage. Orochimaru can also use a technique to [[Attack Prevention Technique|avoid damage]], and another to [[Temporary Paralysis Technique|temporarily paralyse an opponent]].
During Orochimaru's past with [[Anko Mitarashi]], he chose her and nine others to bare his then-newly-obtained Cursed Seal Mark to determine who, out of the ten, would be worthy of becoming his apprentice and, eventually, human vessel. Anko, at that time, respected and admired Orochimaru, typically referring to him as "Orochimaru-sama" (Lord Orochimaru in the English dub) and while he might not have cared for her and viewed her as just another vessel for him to take over, he trusted her enough to show her one of his [[Isaribi|human experiments]] before he gave her the Cursed Seal. Though, he might've done the same thing and acted the same way with the other nine "candidates" so that he could build their trust and eventually transform it into devotion as with Kimimaro many years later. Soon after he showed her one of his experiments, he tested his Cursed Seal on Anko and the other nine, and gave her the [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]]. After he found her as sole survivor, he estimated the 10 % chance of surviving given a cursed seal. Most of Anko's memories of her time with Orochimaru were erased, due to the Cursed Seal, and Anko could only come up with the conclusion that he abandoned her and left her to die afterwards, while in reality, he gave her the option of coming with him, or staying behind. She chose to stay, and not go with Orochimaru.
 
   
===Forbidden Experiments===
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==== Nature Transformation ====
At one point, in between his encounter with Anko and his succession from Konoha, Orochimaru became interested in creating an invincible army of mutated underwater ninja to give Konoha shinobi the ability to breathe, fight, and operate underwater. Realizing it would take too much time on his own, Orochimaru contracted with a rogue medical ninja/scientist named [[Amachi]] (with similar ambitions), they began terrorizing the people of the Land of Sea and kidnapped several citizens, notably [[Isaribi]], for their experiments. Eventually, after [[Sasuke]] joined him, Orochimaru lost interest with the experiments and ordered Amachi to shut down the project during their last encounter with each other. Amachi, however, secretly refused and continued the experiments without Orochimaru's notice. Feeling cheated out of both his money and time, Amachi planned to use the water-shinobi to exact vengeance on Orochimaru and sent [[Isaribi]] to spy and attack ships carrying gold, making her believe that through these deeds, Amachi would return her to her normal human form, when in reality, he planned to dissect her once she was no longer of any use. Afterwards, Amachi enlisted the aid of [[Kabuto]]'s former shinobi partners [[Yoroi Akado]] and [[Misumi Tsurugi]] who served as bodyguards. Later, during the Sea Country arc, Amachi was defeated by Naruto and subsequently arrested by Anko's team. Misumi was assumingly crushed to death after [[Ino Yamanaka]] tied his arms to some poles in an exploding lab, while Yoroi possibly drowned after his oxygen supply was cut off when [[Shino Aburame]] poured bugs down his throat. Isaribi was able to make her come to her senses due to Naruto's insistence and returned with Naruto to Konoha after Amachi's defeat hoping that Tsunade could cure her, which she presumably did.
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Orochimaru, being skilled and diverse in elemental ninjutsu, has shown capable of utilising at least two [[nature transformation]]s; both [[wind]] and [[earth]]. With the [[Wind Release: Great Breakthrough]] he could level an entire forest with a powerful gust of wind. In the anime, one of the other few elemental techniques he was seen using is the [[Earth Release Shadow Clone]], which could create copy of himself out of mud that can attack on his behalf.
   
===Top 5 Ninja Battles===
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After taking possession of a Zetsu clone's body, Orochimaru acquired [[Hashirama Senju]]'s cells along with the latter's [[Wood Release]] [[kekkei genkai]] and the other half of its composite natures, the [[Water Release]] nature transformation.
In the recap episode, Jiraiya, who could be seen from a TV screen, told both Naruto and Sakura that he was at a top-secret villain base. Jiraiya then brought in a surprise guest, Orochimaru, in situ. Orochimaru called Sasuke in, then Sasuke left saying "Are just you gonna sit talk and all day?", Orochimaru leaves saying "You've angered my young protege I shouldn't keep Sasuke waiting in the dojo".
 
   
==Part II==
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==== Snake Techniques ====
===Fight with the Four Tailed Naruto===
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[[File:Mandara noJin1.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru using his Formation of Ten Thousand Snakes technique.]]
After Sasuke's defection, Orochimaru spent the next two and half years training Sasuke to be his next body. When [[Team Yamato]] attempted to infiltrate his base for Sasuke, he reappeared during a meeting between Yamato (disguised as Sasori) and Kabuto. Orochimaru explained that he had long ago undone Sasori's [[Brainwashing Investigation Technique|"Binding Jutsu"]] on Kabuto, and had intended on assassinating his former Akatsuki Partner but never got around to it. He then called out Naruto, Sakura, and Sai to do battle. He explained that Yamato was the only one out of sixty test subjects that survived one of his genetic experiments to duplicate the First Hokage's Mokuton techniques and his previously unknown ability to "control [[Tailed Beasts]]", though he himself did not recognize this until Yamato revealed the abilities himself.
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Orochimaru's trademark trait is his affinity with snakes, in addition to impacting the appearance and composition of his true form, and granting him the ability to extend his limbs to abnormal lengths and to take on snake-like traits in battle, caused him to learn a number of snake-related abilities, including learning [[Sage Mode]]. His snake-related techniques have been referred to as [[Power of the White Snake]]. One such ability is being able to [[Summoning Technique|summon]] giant snakes to fight alongside him in battle, made possible by the summoning contract tattooed on his arm. This allows him to summon snakes within his vicinity, as opposed to having to place his hand on a surface.<ref name="ep30">''Naruto'' episode 30</ref> If need be, Orochimaru can morph into a giant snake, despite being slightly smaller in size to his larger summonings.<ref name="ep30" /> His signature summon was [[Manda]], a colossal snake which was described as the largest in the world, with immense fighting capabilities. With [[Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]], Orochimaru can instantly call forth snakes from his sleeves and mouth to attack his opponents in large numbers with venomous bites. A stronger variation of this technique was the [[Many Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]], in which the summoned snakes grow noticeably in both numbers and size.
   
After antagonizing Naruto to the point where he transformed into a [[Naruto Jinchūriki Forms#Four-Tailed Transformation|four-tailed state]], Orochimaru demonstrated a number of new abilities. As well as modified forms of snake summonings, he demonstrated the ability to shed his skin like a snake (repair any damage to his body by doing so), extending large amount of snakes out his mouth with Kusanagi in them, and absorb the strength of attacks thrown at him strengthening his body with the Soft Physique Modification Jutsu. He also demonstrated his immense reserves of chakra (due to the fact he had about 3 bodies in the past) when he summons three Rashomon gates to block the [[Four-Tailed Fox Menacing Ball]] that the four-tailed Naruto fired at at him. Though they failed to block the entirety of the attack, it was still an impressive feat.
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[[File:Eight Branches Technique.JPG|thumb|right|Orochimaru's Eight Branches Technique.]]
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Another usage of snakes comes in the form of his signature weapon, the [[Sword of Kusanagi (Orochimaru)|Sword of Kusanagi]], the [[Wikipedia:Kusanagi|Kusanagi]] of Japanese legend. The sword, kept within the mouth of a snake within his own throat, is able to extend to great lengths to attack enemies that are very far away, can be [[Sword of Kusanagi: Longsword of the Sky|controlled remotely]] by Orochimaru, and can return to him by turning in a snake. Although he is capable of wielding the sword normally with great proficiency, it's not uncommon for him to use it without ever removing it from his mouth. The sword is stated to be able to cut through almost anything, and despite failing to penetrate four-tailed Naruto's chakra shroud, did push him back an incredible length. In the anime, he is also capable of [[Formation of Ten Thousand Snakes|having numerous Kusanagi-like blades sprout from the mouths of the snakes he summons]].
   
The battle with Naruto came to an end after Orochimaru attempted to stab Naruto with his Kusanagi Sword. However, even the sword was unable to pierce the intense chakra shield protecting Naruto. He commented that his body had reached its limit, as his current body was too weak to continue fighting. It was later shown at his lair, however, that the time he must rest for was quite short.
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His strongest technique is the [[Eight Branches Technique]], which allows him to transform into an eight-headed, eight-tailed giant serpent bigger than the already colossal [[Manda]], another [[Wikipedia: Yamata no Orochi|reference]] to the Japanese myth. This was described as the ultimate snake-related technique, which turned the user into an immensely powerful "Dragon God".
   
Afterward, back at Orochimaru's lair, it was made apparent that Orochimaru planned to team up with the militaristic Konoha leader [[Danzo]] and destroy Konoha as it is today (the wording would seem to indicate a revolution or takeover, rather than outright annihilation). After a training exercise with Sasuke he interrupted Sai and Naruto to question Sai's loyalty. Though it seemed like Orochimaru would resume his heated fight with Naruto at this point, he instead retreated, saying that he'll let Naruto go in the hopes that Naruto and company will take down more Akatsuki members. When Sasuke attempted to kill his former team with a [[Kirin|new technique]], Orochimaru and Kabuto appeared and convinced him to spare their lives, at least until they kill more members of the Akatsuki. With Sasuke's "approval", they escaped.
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==== Fūinjutsu ====
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[[File:Gogyo.jpg|thumb|left|Orochimaru using the Five Elements Seal.]]
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Although downplayed for much of the series, Orochimaru is also very skilled in the use of [[fūinjutsu]], even in the midst of battle. Most notably, he has been seen using the [[Five Elements Seal]], to seal off another's access to chakra and thus, rendering them useless. Using this technique, Orochimaru was not only able land a seal on an enraged Naruto, but also completely subdue the Nine-Tails' chakra. In the anime, he was shown capable of using its counterpart, the [[Five Elements Unseal]]. His prowess with it was great enough to release the seal and extract a [[tailed beast]] from its [[jinchūriki]].<ref name="ship318" /> He can also apply his seals on targets to temporarily immobilise them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 663, page 11</ref>
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===Hunt For The Three-Tails Arc===
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==== Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation ====
Sensing that the time was close approaching to change vessels, Orochimaru sent Kabuto to go get a women named [[Guren]] (much to Kabuto's disapproval) so she can help him with his experiment for his preparations for after he takes over Sasuke's Body. During which time Orochimaru also was going through experiments on a child named [[Yukimaru]] with unusual powers. Orochimaru eventually called Sasuke and stated it was time to test his strength, which Sasuke calmly accepts. Orochimaru then watches in awe as Sasuke effortlessly takes down a huge army of ninja without being touched once. Although, Orochimaru belittles him for not killing a single one. As Sasuke walks off, Orochimaru admitted that while he used to be recognized as a genius, Sasuke's powers far surpasses his own when he was Sasuke's age.
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[[File:Episode 69.png|thumb|Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.]]
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Orochimaru is one of the three people capable of performing [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation]], further perfecting the technique developed by the Second Hokage, [[Tobirama Senju]]. In his first shown use, he reincarnated both the technique's creator and Hashirama Senju to fight against his teacher, Hiruzen Sarutobi. Though Hiruzen sealed the part of his soul that represented his arms to bare him from using Impure World Reincarnation, Orochimaru used the [[Shinigami Mask]] during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]] to spiritually restore himself and summoned all four Hokage at once.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, pages 9-15</ref> His prowess with this technique seems to have increased, seemingly from acquiring Kabuto's new knowledge of it, as Tobirama noted that the reincarnated Hokage were now nearly to their full power as opposed to his previous attempt.
   
Noticing that Guren was watching, he offered her another chance to prove herself worthy as Orochimaru's next vessel, to which she was delighted. Orochimaru asked Kabuto how was Yukimaru's powers and he replied saying it was fine and then he ordered Kabuto to tell Guren to head out with Yukimaru on an unknown mission, so his preparations for his plans can be achieved. He said Guren was perfect for this plan and that Guren and Yukimaru's power would be as one if it worked out perfectly.
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Using Hashirama's cells, Orochimaru can strengthen his control over the [[Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated]] [[Hokage]],<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 14</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 620, page 11</ref> as seen when he was able to completely immobilise Tobirama who was resisting control for a brief time, though he stated that Hashirama was still able to easily break Orochimaru's restraint.
   
While not actually him, Orochimaru later appears as an illusion to Naruto. He makes Naruto doubt his belief on whether or not thinking about someone can really make them come back, or if it is even the right place to go to.
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==== Immortality Techniques ====
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Through the use of his "''true form''" is with his [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]], Orochimaru can transfer his soul to another body and extend his life indefinitely. To use this technique, Orochimaru must leave his former body. Once he has done this, he swallows the new body and transports its current inhabitant to a dimension within himself where he absorbs them, thus allowing him to take over their body. Orochimaru can only perform this technique once every three years, which is also around the time that his new body begins to reject him and forces him to find a new host. Although he might leave their bodies behind, the souls of those whose bodies he has taken always remain within Orochimaru's subconscious. After taking over another body, Orochimaru modifies it to suit his theme of snakes. He can also [[Vanishing Facial Copy Technique|alter the face]] and body of his host to take on his own original form.
   
===Defeat===
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Orochimaru's other method of immortality are the [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]] he developed. In addition to his senjutsu chakra, each cursed seal contains a portion of Orochimaru's consciousness, which allows him to share the senses of those who bear his seals. In the event that he is killed or sealed, he can be revived through one of his cursed seals if an individual presses flesh containing his DNA up to the cursed seal and uses the [[Evil Releasing Method]]. Through this process, Orochimaru can be completely resurrected any number of times, as long as there are enough remaining cursed seals and pieces of his DNA.
[[Image:Orosnake.png|thumb|Orochimaru's form after many experiments]]
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As Orochimaru slowly began to lose his health. Sasuke saw this as an opportunity to leave Orochimaru (as Sasuke believed he has nothing more to learn from him), and attacked him while bedridden. Orochimaru proceeded to reveal his true body: a large white snake made of several smaller snakes. Sasuke responded by activating his Cursed Seal and destroyed the giant snake's body. Orochimaru then initiated his Living Corpse Reincarnation Technique. However, using his Sharingan, Sasuke was able to control the inner dimension of Orochimaru and suppressed him. Sasuke greets a stunned [[Kabuto]] and told him that while he didn't kill Orochimaru, he had taken over. Since his defeat, Orochimaru was suppressed by Sasuke's chakra. During Sasuke's fight with [[Itachi]], though, he used up almost all of his chakra, and Orochimaru forced his way out of Sasuke. However, before he was able to defeat Itachi and then take Sasuke's body, Itachi used the [[Totsuka Sword]] of his [[Susanoo]] to seal Orochimaru away, removing Sasuke's [[Cursed Seal]] in the process. When Kabuto met Naruto, [[Hinata Hyuga|Hinata]], and Yamato, he told them how he infused himself with Orochimaru's remains, which are now slowly taking over his body, and hopes to take Orochimaru's power and finish his master's goals as a leader and not a follower.
 
   
==Abilities==
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=== Senjutsu ===
Being one of the Legendary Sannin as well as a former member of Akatsuki, Orochimaru is an extraordinarily powerful ninja. He was originally selected to become the Fourth Hokage, but the Third feared the evil within him, and gave the position to Minato. His power is so great that around the time of of his invasion of Konoha, the Third feared that no one alive in Konoha could defeat or even fight on equal footing with him, even the Third himself. During the fight with his former teammates, he was able to subdue Jiraiya as well as withstand a horrible beating from Tsunade while his body was in an extremely weakened condition (although Jiraiya was weakened by Tsunade's drug at the time). Orochimaru was also able to fight on equal footing with a [[Naruto Jinchuriki Forms|Four Tailed]] [[Naruto Uzumaki]] in Part II while his body was in a weakened state, and despite the danger Naruto imposed, he found the battle highly entertaining.
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During his research on Jūgo's clan, Orochimaru eventually tracked down the source of their power when he discovered the [[Ryūchi Cave]] and [[senjutsu]]. Here, he attempted to learn senjutsu as well as [[Sage Mode]]. However he was unable to use this power to its full potential due to being unable to find a host body that could bear such an ability, making it an unsuitable option for battle altogether.<ref name="Naruto chapter 579, page 17" /> However he does have enough knowledge to both release another person's Sage Mode and absorb the senjutsu chakra inside them as seen with Kabuto.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, pages 15-17</ref>
   
Due to him rarely been shown fighting, he has only displayed a limited amount of techniques, although it stands to reason that in his efforts to learn all existing jutsu, his array of abilities has probably become larger than any other single character, even [[Kakashi Hatake]] and the Third Hokage, who were both praised for knowing over 1,000 techniques. His knowledge of jutsu ranges in all forms beyond conventional [[Ninjutsu]].
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To compensate for this flaw, Orochimaru developed other novel uses for his [[senjutsu]] chakra: the [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]].<ref name="chpt593">''Naruto'' chapter 593, page 9</ref> Combining this chakra with the enzyme produced by Jūgo, he was able to create these unique seals, which triggered a change near-identical to that of the [[Sage Transformation]], but with different benefits and drawbacks. The senjutsu chakra locked in these seals is naturally quite powerful as Kabuto was amazed at a portion of Orochimaru's chakra he absorbed from Anko,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 521, page 17</ref> even after he assimilated the collective DNA of team Taka, the Sound Five and of Orochimaru himself. These seals also carried the additional benefit of acting as anchors to Orochimaru's consciousness, allowing him to observe events through anyone branded by the seal and even revive him any number of times under the right circumstances.<ref name="chpt593" />
   
===Ninjutsu===
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=== Intelligence ===
One of the few techniques he was seen using is the [[Earth Clone Technique]], which creates a copy of himself out of mud that can attack on his behalf. He was also able to utilize [[Wind Release: Great Breakthrough]], through which he can level a wide area with a powerful gust of wind. In terms of defensive techniques, Orochimaru uses both [[Summoning: Rashomon]] and [[Summoning: Triple Rashomon|Triple Rashomon]], in which he summons a varying number of large demonic gates that are capable of enduring the most intense forms of damage. If need be, he can also place a [[Five Elements Seal]] on an opponent, sealing off their access to chakra and thus rendering them useless in battle.
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From his childhood days, Orochimaru was identified as a genius shinobi and a once-in-a-generation prodigy. During his lifetime, his associations with powerful shinobi and groups, such as his tutoring by the Third Hokage and his stints with both the Root and Akatsuki organisations, as well as his later solo exploits into gaining knowledge, allowed him to develop and gain access to vast amounts of information.
   
===Immortality Jutsu===
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Orochimaru is a master planner and manipulator. For years, he evaded capture from both Konoha and the Akatsuki, all the while setting up a network of fully supplied hideouts throughout various countries. He was also able to manipulate the entire village of Sunagakure into invading Konoha, by posing as the Fourth Kazekage without anyone noticing, having killed the real one before the invasion. He was capable of manipulating multiple people into becoming his willing pawns and guinea pigs for his experiments, using a combination of manipulation, insight into a victim's past and the promise of power to gain their loyalty. The greatest examples of this are Kabuto and Kimimaro, who idolised the Sannin and showed nothing but absolute loyalty and respect for him. He even developed a fail-safe in case he was ever killed or sealed in the form of his cursed seals. At some point in time, Orochimaru and Kabuto learned that Tobi was not the real [[Madara Uchiha]], although it would ultimately be Kabuto who would use this knowledge to his full advantage.
In his quest to gain immortality, Orochimaru has made a number of modifications to his body, resulting in his natural form taking on the appearance of a giant, white snake composed of many smaller snakes. This form has the advantages of allowing him to stretch any part of his body to great lengths, regenerate any wound inflicted upon him, and otherwise use the snakes that he is composed of for attack. One of his former ninja, [[Misumi Tsurugi]], knows a less sophisticated version of this technique (though unlike Orochimaru his version is limited). The primary use of the form is with his [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]], which allows him to transfer his soul to another's body and extend his life indefinitely. To use this jutsu, Orochimaru leaves his former body, revealing his true form. Once he has done this, he swallows the new body and transports its current inhabitant to a dimension within himself where he absorbs them, thus allowing him to use their body. Orochimaru can only perform this technique once every three years, which is also around the time that his new body begins to reject him and forces him to find a new host. Although he might leave their bodies behind, the souls of those whose bodies he has taken always remain within Orochimaru's subconscious, causing some of their traits to affect the choices he makes, even if only slightly. While within another's body, Orochimaru uses [[Vanishing Facial Copy Technique]] to assume his original appearance. This ability also allows him to take the identities of others by forcefully peeling off their face for his own use, killing them in the process, as he did with the Fourth Kazekage and Shiore's team.
 
   
===Kinjutsu===
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This wealth of research has proven to have devastating effects long after Orochimaru's sealing, as seen through Kabuto's performances during the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]]. Due to this research, he is easily capable of deducing the workings of an enemy's techniques and fighting style.
   
Orochimaru can use [[Summoning: Impure World Resurrection]], which allowed him to revive the dead. To perform the technique, Orochimaru must sacrifice a living human so that the soul of the deceased person can be tied to the living world. The sacrificed body is then surrounded with dirt and dust that compacts into the shape of the summoned soul's original body. Although the revived retain their original memories and personalities, thus leaving them out of the control of Orochimaru, he can suppress their free wills with his own special seal to force them to do his bidding. The bodies of the resurrected are also able to regenerate any wound, meaning the only way to defeat them is to remove the soul within them.
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=== Body Modifications ===
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Over the years, Orochimaru has conducted various experiments on his own body, thus modifying it greatly. This in turn has granted him an exponential increase in his bodies physical durability, speed, strength, and survival capabilities. It is also because of these experiments, Orochimaru is completely invulnerable to conventional techniques. He has endured a flurry of punches from [[Tsunade]]'s monstrous superhuman strength, a direct attack from Naruto's three-tailed state, and a direct hit from Sasuke's [[Dragon Fire Technique]],<ref name="ep30" /> all of which were able to only damage his face mask. Even being bisected by a four-tailed Naruto was unable to slow him down, as he simply [[Gathering of the Snakes|reconnected himself]]. Other modifications include [[Soft Physique Modification|manipulating the shape of his body]] and [[Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique|shedding himself of it]], to completely recreate and heal injuries. Thus, even if Orochimaru is unable to transfer bodies, he can easily heal and evade attacks, rendering him virtually immortal in battle. These abilities are otherwise known as, The [[Power of the White Snake]].
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[[File:Orochimaru's True Form.PNG|thumb|Orochimaru's true form after many experiments.]]
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In his quest to gain immortality, Orochimaru has made even more gruesome modifications to his body, resulting in his natural form taking on the appearance of a giant, white snake composed of many smaller snakes. The snakes that compose Orochimaru's body can extend themselves to strike and bind targets, and if Orochimaru is sliced to pieces, the body can instantly reform, making him very difficult to kill. Additionally, the blood that is released by killing the snakes is poisonous, evaporating into the air and paralysing anyone who has breathed it in, something that makes long lasting fights against him a bad choice.
   
===Snake Techniques===
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[[File:Orochimaru-Gyuki-DNA.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru showing Kabuto one of his experiments.]]
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Due to his desire to obtain all known ninja techniques, Orochimaru developed extensive research work throughout his years, performing experiments on himself and on other individuals to further comprehend their abilities and develop new ones from them. Such examples include him discovering the workings of Jūgo's clan's abilities and his subsequent development of the cursed seal, the modifications done to his own body, the extensive research done to Hashirama Senju's cells as well as integrating them into Danzō Shimura, amongst many other test subjects. Most notably, Orochimaru was able to rewrite [[Yamato]]'s DNA to that of Hashirama's in the attempt to recreate his considerable powers. Although Yamato survived the procedure, he was a success among many failures. Kabuto once noted, that Orochimaru could even protect the cellular structure of his experiments, preventing anyone from gaining knowledge from them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 290, page 3</ref> In the anime it was revealed that even from a very small sample, Orochimaru could cultivate cells to recreate the origin, as shown with what he did with the horn of [[Gyūki]].<ref name="ship318" /> The horn itself not only grew to its original size, but also produced vast amounts of chakra, identical to the latter. Although later put into use by Kabuto, the extracted chakra was potent enough to create a [[pseudo-jinchūriki]], with power equal to that of a true [[jinchūriki]].<ref name="ship318" />
   
Orochimaru has an apparent affinity with snakes that, in addition to impacting the appearance and composition of his true form, has caused him to learn a number of snake-related abilities. One such ability is being able to summon giant snakes to fight alongside him in battle, made possible by the summoning contract tattooed to his arms. With [[Hidden Shadow Snake Hands]], Orochimaru can call forth snakes from his sleeves and mouth to attack opponents in large numbers with poisonous bites. Another usage of snakes comes in the form of his [[Kusanagi Sword: Long Sword of the Heavens]], the [[Wikipedia:Kusanagi|Kusanagi]] of Japanese legend. The sword, kept within a mouth of a snake within his own throat, is able to extend to great lengths and can be controlled remotely by Orochimaru. Although he was capable of using the sword normally with great proficiency, it was not uncommon for him to wield it without ever removing it from his mouth. In addition, Orochimaru has shown the ability to regurgitate copies of himself from his mouth.
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With his expertise in the medical field, Orochimaru was able to concoct a series of drugs with any desired effect, each designed to aid him in what ever he's doing. At one point in time, Orochimaru created [[Genjutsu Pill|genjutsu pills]] that were strong enough to subdue a jinchūriki and their tailed beast simultaneously. In another, Orochimaru created the [[Mind Awakening Pill]], to help speed up the [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seal]]'s progression.
   
==Creation and conception==
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=== Chakra ===
As one of the villains in the story, Kishimoto created Orochimaru as an antithesis to the protagonists' values. His snake-like appearance and related features were intended to make it easier for the reader to recognize that he is a villain. In an interview, Kishimoto asserted that making the villains "flamboyant" was one of his "guiding principles", and attributed this to his desire to have the villains have a "powerful aura".
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Orochimaru has been noted, on many occasions, to have extremely foul and powerful chakra. Upon releasing his chakra, it causes a dense effect on the atmosphere. When fighting his former sensei, [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]], the sheer force of both individuals' releasing their chakra caused the building they were fighting upon to crack.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 69</ref> Likewise, his chakra alone can incite fear into his foes, causing them to [[Killing Intent|hallucinate]] or render them incapable of breathing.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 28</ref><ref>''Naruto'' episode 139</ref> In addition, Orochimaru has shown considerable chakra control. During the three years his hands were [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal|sealed]] by Hiruzen, preventing Orochimaru from performing hand signs, the Sannin was still able to perform various less-complicated yet powerful techniques.
   
Following this theme of distinguishing villains, Kishimoto attempted to make Orochimaru's face appear "pasty and sickly," which serves to emphasize the "scary looks" that Kishimoto frequently has Orochimaru performing in the manga. As these occurrences are his "trademark," Kishimoto modifies Orochimaru's appearance and the scene to focus on Orochimaru's face; for instance, highlights that are normally added to Orochimaru's hair are removed and the background is blanked out to create a "creepy atmosphere."
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Orochimaru is skilled in taijutsu, able to effortlessly over-power Sasuke with his two-tomoe Sharingan. He also showed immense strength, as when he was walking to Tanzaku Quarters, he was immensely frustrated by the pain he was in and used only a kick to knock down a tree.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 88</ref> In another instance he was able to strike with enough force to destroy a large tree, despite being a distance away from it.<ref name="ep30" /> He is also skilled in [[kenjutsu]], able to use the [[Sword of Kusanagi (Orochimaru)|Sword of Kusanagi]] to fend of the masterful [[Monkey King: Enma|staff]]-[[Transformation: Adamantine Staff|fighting]] skills of his former teacher in the Third Hokage. Much like [[Yoroi Akadō]], he can quickly [[Chakra Absorption Technique|absorb chakra]] through hand contact, as shown when absorbed all of his chakra back from Kabuto instantly; using the chakra to strengthen himself. However, unlike Yoroi, Orochimaru is also able to absorb any information from the one whose chakra he's absorbing. He is also has adept skill in [[Space–Time Ninjutsu]], having designed a [[Space–Time Technique Formula: Underworld Turnover|technique]] to imprison a target's soul. He also possesses immense skills at subterfuge, escapism, espionage, and tracking, being able to track [[Kabuto Yakushi]] for years unnoticed by everyone all while he trained him to be a more powerful [[shinobi]] under his tutelage.
   
Orochimaru's name and snakelike characteristics are derived from the character of the [[Orochimaru|same name]] in {{translation|''Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari''|児雷也豪傑物語||lit meaning=The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya}}, in which he utilized snake magic. Other aspects of his character, including his Kusanagi sword, are derived from elements of the ''Orochi'' of ''Japanese mythology''.
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==Trivia==
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== Part I ==
* Orochimaru borrows heavily from Japanese literature — his name (meaning: Eight-forked serpent circle), as well as those of Jiraiya and Tsunade come from the Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari (児雷也豪傑物語, "The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"), and the Orochimaru in that story was originally Jiraiya's student until he was corrupted by snake magic.
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=== Chūnin Exam Arc ===
* In an interview, Masashi Kishimoto said that Orochimaru's original name was Yashagoro. In that folk tale, one of the Jiraiya's loyal and trusted followers, Yashagoro, was ensorceled by a serpent and made to turn against Jiraiya, and attacked him. That's when Yashagoro took the name Orochimaru. In the same way, Orochimaru was a childhood friend of Jiraiya's before he turned into the wrong path after seeing his parents dead in a shinobi war.
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[[File:OrochimaruGrass.jpg|thumb|left|Orochimaru disguised as Shiore.]]
* Many of the fans thought that Orochimaru is a [[Jinchūriki]] of the Eight-Tailed Beast which was supposed to be a giant eight-headed snake because of his name and the name of a mythical giant snake "Yamata no Orochi". But this speculations were proven to be wrong after [[Kirābī]] was introduced.
 
* For some reason, after the preliminaries conclude, he is never shown again wearing a Sound headband.
 
* Orochimaru was the first Akatsuki member to appear in the series, though well after his defection and before the introduction of the group itself.
 
* Orochimaru and Madara are extremely powerful ninja who share certain things in common: they both desired to be Hokage but were rejected, tried in failure to destroy Konoha, went on to become a leader of another village and display an interest in Sasuke Uchiha.
 
   
==Quotes==
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For a while, since leaving Konoha, Orochimaru left his hometown alone until the chance to destroy it presented itself. The opportunity presented itself when he forms a partnership with the [[Fourth Kazekage]] of [[Sunagakure]], who desired Konoha's destruction, planning their invasion during the [[Chūnin Exams]]. Orochimaru also used the invasion as an opportunity to test [[Sasuke Uchiha]], Itachi's younger brother, if he can be of use as a vessel. Prior to the commencement of the second part of the Chūnin Exams, Orochimaru murdered a team of [[Kusagakure]] genin to impersonate its leader [[Shiore]] and infiltrate the [[Forest of Death]]. Using a snake summon to separates Naruto from [[Team 7]], the disguised Orochimaru subjected Sasuke to his [[Killing Intent]] with the youth unable to fight due to the fear instilled into him. However, the fear subsided with Naruto's timely appearance and convincing Sasuke to muster his courage before Orochimaru interferes with the [[jinchūriki]]'s seal while knocking him out for the duration of the fight. After being subjected to Sasuke's [[Dragon Fire Technique]] as it partially burned off his disguise, Orochimaru expresses pride in Sasuke's abilities before branding his target with his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]] and taking his leave. As he sends Team Dosu as sacrificial lambs to test Sasuke, having Kabuto accompany Team 7 to witness Sasuke use the curse seal's power, Orochimaru is confronted by Anko as he tells her that the Konoha will continue the exams under threat of his retaliation if they cancel it.
* "''Sasuke..., you will be mine!''"
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* "''It's too late to do anything now. I win.''"
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[[File:Orochimaru disguised as a Sound Jōnin.JPG|thumb|Orochimaru disguised as an Otogakure jōnin.]]
* "''I want to obtain all the jutsus and gain a true understanding of everything in this world. The first one to mix blue and yellow called the new color "green". I want to do something similar to that. If blue is the chakra then yellow is the seal, and green is the jutsu..., just as there is no end to the variety of colours, there are so many thousands..., tens of thousands of jutsu in the world as well. But in order to obtain every possible jutsu and truth, it would require an eternity. Only one who understands everything after spending such time on this can be fittingly called the ''Ultimate Being''"
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During the preliminary rounds of the Chūnin Exams, Orochimaru disguised himself as the leader of his genin team to watch Sasuke's performance against [[Yoroi Akadō]] and more obsessive upon seeing him suppress the Cursed Seal with sheer will. After [[Kakashi]] was able to seal away the mark on Sasuke, Orochimaru confronted him. He made no attempt to hide his envy of Kakashi's Sharingan, and noted before leaving that Sasuke will eventually come to him seeking power.
* "''This child... intrigues me to no end!''"
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* "''I refuse..., to let this happen! I am Orochimaru! I am immortal! I will not die here! Destined to discover the true meaning behind everything! Destined to take control of everything in this world!!''"
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=== Invasion of Konoha Arc ===
* ''"You might have even succeeded... if perhaps you were ten years younger." (to Hiruzen)''
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[[File:Orochimaru's Host.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru revealing his female host body.]]
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Eventually, on the day of the final round matches, with all attack preparations complete, Orochimaru murdered the [[Fourth Kazekage]] and assumed his identity to sit next to Hiruzen to oversee the proceedings. However, the [[invasion of Konoha]] began, Orochimaru makes his move to kill his former master. Having the Sound Four discard the guises of the Kazekage's bodyguards, Orochimaru has them erect a barrier to hold the other Konoha ninja back to prevent any interference. Having regretting letting Orochimaru escape years earlier, Hiruzen agrees to battle his former pupil. Exhilarated that he could finally fight his former teacher, Orochimaru used [[Impure World Reincarnation]] to summon [[Hashirama Senju]] and his brother [[Tobirama Senju|Tobirama]] to have the first two Hokage to attack their successor. During the fight, Orochimaru reveals to Hiruzen the fruits of his labour from mastering [[Living Corpse Reincarnation]] with the host body he took after his brush-in with Itachi and his intention to make Sasuke into his next host.
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[[File:Hiruzen Sealing Orochimaru.jpg|thumb|Orochimaru fighting Hiruzen.]]
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Horrified on how far Orochimaru has truly went, with both his age and the regenerative abilities of the two first Hokage placing him in a grand disadvantage, Hiruzen resolves to stop Orochimaru with the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]], sealing away the souls of the two Hokage prior to going after Orochimaru himself. Not wishing to join the three Hokages' souls in being trapped within the Reaper's stomach, Orochimaru stabbed Hiruzen through the back of his chest with his [[Sword of Kusanagi (Orochimaru)|Sword of Kusanagi]] before the weakened Hiruzen resolves to only seal the part of Orochimaru's soul within his arms. Cursing the dying Hiruzen for robbing him of his use of ninjutsu, Orochimaru is carried off by the Sound Four with the invasion halted. Afterwards, Sunagakure broke ties with Orochimaru upon discovering the corpse of the Fourth Kazekage.
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After barely being able to stand the pain from his rotting arms, Orochimaru plans to have his condition healed by appealing Tsunade with the offer to reincarnate her [[Nawaki]] and [[Dan Katō|Dan]] to win her cooperation. However, though she seemed to agreed, Tsunade had actually intended to kill him to ensure he never attacks Konoha again. Kabuto intervened before she could do so, intending to force her to help before Jiraiya, Shizune and Naruto soon arrived to her aid. While Orochimaru and Jiraiya (having earlier been drugged by Tsunade and thus unable to properly perform techniques) faced off, Kabuto battled Naruto before being defeated. Seeing this and seeing a potential threat, Orochimaru resolves to kill Naruto before Tsunade teams up with Jiraiya to face their former teammate. Despite summoning [[Manda]], managing to hide his condition from the giant serpent as he fights Gamabunta, Orochimaru is forced to give up healing his arms and just take a new host body.
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=== Sasuke Retrieval Arc ===
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[[File:The Vessel Arrives Too Late.JPG|thumb|Orochimaru's body rotting.]]
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Even though he had hoped to wait for Sasuke to grow older, Orochimaru sent his Sound Four to retrieve and bring Sasuke to him. He held out for as long as he could, anticipating Sasuke's arrival, but the pain in his arms became too unbearable so he is given no choice but to take the body of [[Gen'yūmaru]], whom Kabuto had prepared earlier. After agreeing to release Gen'yūmaru's clansmen in return for his sacrifice, Orochimaru proceeds to use Living Corpse Reincarnation on his new host. Though the act undid most of the damage caused by the [[Dead Demon Consuming Seal]], it still left Orochimaru incapable of using techniques requiring hand seals.
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While still waiting for Sasuke, bandaged up within his new host with Kabuto by his side, Orochimaru comments that either [[Jirōbō]] or [[Kidōmaru]] would be slowing down the group, but expressed doubts about [[Sakon]]'s strength, which Kabuto brings up, stating [[Tayuya]] was just as strong, and [[Kimimaro]], lamenting that the latter's illness made it impossible to have him as a perfect vessel as originally intended. But with Kimimaro's death, Orochimaru stated that he no longer cared about his previous protégé and instead commented his desire for Sasuke. As he is stuck in Gen'yūmaru's body for the next three years, Orochimaru decided to start training Sasuke once he finally arrived, hoping to shape him into the ideal host while being highly impressed and excited by the chakra that Sasuke revealed in response to Kabuto's threat for not giving Orochimaru his respect.
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Orochimaru's background is expanded upon in the anime, delving into parts of his past not addressed in the manga.
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In the [[Land of Rice Fields Arc]], he was shown to have recruited some of the members of the [[Fūma Clan (Land of Sound)|Fūma clan]] to become [[Otogakure]] ninja, by promising to restore them to their former glory. Later, [[Arashi]] disguised himself as Orochimaru, killed his fellow clansmen to gain power before being killed himself.
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In the [[Land of the Sea Arc]], Orochimaru's time with [[Anko Mitarashi]] is expanded upon. It is also revealed during his time in Konoha, he secretly built many experiment facilities in many countries, including Land of the Sea and gather many human guineapigs over ten years. Orochimaru, Anko, and nine others came to the [[Land of the Sea]], where he branded them with cursed seals. When Anko was the only one to survive, he arrived at the ten percent survival rate of the process. However, Anko lacked the personality to properly utilise its power, and as such, proved to not be very useful to Orochimaru. Although she believed he had abandoned her, she remembered during the arc that she chose to leave him. In addition, he is also shown to have previously had an interest in creating an army capable of breathing and operating underwater. Realising it would take too much time on his own, Orochimaru contracted with a rogue scientist named [[Amachi]], and began experimenting on the country's citizens, notably [[Isaribi]]. He eventually lost interest in the program and demanded it be discontinued, but Amachi continued regardless.
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[[File:Gathering of the Snakes.PNG|thumb|Orochimaru vs. Naruto.]]
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Two and a half years later, Yamato-led [[Team Kakashi]], hoping to find Sasuke, learned of an opportunity from a dying [[Sasori]] that he was meeting with his spy, Kabuto. Posing as Sasori within his Hiruko puppet, the group's temporary leader [[Yamato]] meets with Kabuto while the others watch. However, Orochimaru arrives as Kabuto destroys the Hiruko, Orochimaru clarifying to a confused Kabuto that Sasori never came as the rest of Team Kakashi reveal themselves to fight the two ninja. Although he was surprised to see Yamato has survived his experiments involving Hashirama's DNA, Orochimaru was more interested to see if Naruto has become as strong as "his Sasuke". As Naruto assumes his [[Version 1|three-tailed form]] in response, Orochimaru is able to elude Naruto, finding the battle extremely enjoyable while provoking Naruto further.
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[[File:Sanjuu Rashomon.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru's three Rashōmon gates.]]
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It was only after Naruto submitted to Kurama's influence and entered his mindless [[Version 2|four-tailed form]], Orochimaru took the fight more seriously due to both Naruto now able to kill him and his host body beginning to reject him after he used his Kusanagi to force Naruto away. While he briefly recuperated, Orochimaru was approached by [[Sai]], who made an offer on behalf of [[Danzō]] to work together in destroying Konoha. Intrigued, Orochimaru and Kabuto took him back to their base. Later, after the rest of Team Kakashi arrived at the lair and Sai teamed up with them, Orochimaru confronted Sai and Naruto to question Sai about his loyalties. He fled before he could be drawn into another fight, and later kept Sasuke from killing the team, noting that they might kill another Akatsuki member like they had done with Sasori.
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In the anime, sensing that the time was close approaching to change vessels, Orochimaru sent Kabuto to find [[Guren]], so that she could help with preparations for the process. During this time, Orochimaru was also experimenting on a child named [[Yūkimaru]], with unusual powers. Orochimaru eventually decided it was time to test Sasuke's abilities, and watched in awe as he defeated an army of ninja, without killing any, and without receiving a scratch. As Sasuke walked off, Orochimaru admitted that while he used to be recognised as a genius, Sasuke's powers far surpassed his own when he was Sasuke's age.
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Noticing that Guren was watching, he offered her another chance to prove herself worthy as Orochimaru's next vessel, to which she was delighted. Orochimaru teamed her up with Yūkimaru, noting that their two abilities should work well together. Later, it was revealed that Orochimaru also chose Guren because he knew she would eventually grow attached to Yūkimaru, which he appeared to have a use for. He ordered Kabuto to be ready to eliminate her should she betray him.
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Later, after receiving word that the Konoha shinobi were complicating things, Orochimaru decided he might have to intervene personally. Later, after Yūkimaru lost his abilities and Guren supposedly died, Kabuto reported back to his master about the failed operation. Orochimaru dismissed it as nothing more than a minor setback, saying once he had Sasuke's body, it wouldn't make any difference.
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[[File:Chidori Sharp Spear.png|thumb|Sasuke attacks Orochimaru.]]
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On the verge of being rejected by his current body, Orochimaru contemplated how best to take Sasuke's body. Also, in the anime only, he and Kabuto recapped all the events that led to Sasuke defecting, and how much he had improved since. Before he could formulate his plan, Sasuke attacks him, having decided that Orochimaru was unworthy of having an Uchiha's body, and tries to kill him with [[Chidori Sharp Spear]], but only succeeds in piercing his arm. Orochimaru proceeded to reveal his true body, a large white snake made of a multitude of smaller snakes, in order to initiate the body-switch process.
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[[File:Sasuke Defeats Orochimaru.PNG|thumb|left|Sasuke defeats Orochimaru.]]
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Sasuke however cuts up Orochimaru's large snake body, only to realise that the vaporising blood is turning into a poison and Orochimaru successfully starts the body-switch process. Sasuke however stops the process like Itachi had done years earlier, but took it a step further by turning the switch against Orochimaru, absorbing him into his own body. Sasuke gained access to some of Orochimaru's abilities, but at the same time had to dedicate some of his chakra to suppressing Orochimaru.
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[[File:Orochimaru Pierced By Susanoo.jpg|thumb|Orochimaru pierced by the Totsuka Sword.]]
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During his battle with Itachi, Sasuke ran out of chakra, and Orochimaru was able to emerge through his signature [[Eight Branches Technique]]. He marvelled at the fact that he would finally have the chance to take Sasuke's body, but was immediately pierced through by Itachi's Susanoo. At first Orochimaru boasted that it would take more than that to kill him, but he suddenly realised something was wrong and that he was pierced by the Totsuka Sword that he himself had been searching for. Orochimaru was then sealed away by Itachi's [[Susanoo]], as well as removing the cursed seal from Sasuke. A single white snake escaped from Susanoo, but was later killed by [[Amaterasu]]'s black flames.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 394, page 3</ref>
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=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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[[File:Kabuto using Orochimaru's powers.png|thumb|left|Kabuto creates a manifestation of Orochimaru]]
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During his battle against Sasuke and Itachi, Kabuto creates a manifestation of Orochimaru in his true form. While the two brothers fend of the snake, Kabuto emerges from Orochimaru's mouth and bisects Itachi. Kabuto later creates the manifestation of Orochimaru again when attacking the brothers, but it is stopped by the Susanoo.
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=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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[[File:Kaija Hōin.png|thumb|Sasuke revives Orochimaru.]]
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Following Kabuto's defeat, and his reunion with [[Suigetsu Hōzuki]] and [[Jūgo]], Sasuke learns of the scroll they found at one of Orochimaru's hideouts and resolves to revive him for answers following what he learned from Itachi. Sasuke succeeds in reviving Orochimaru by pulling his consciousness out of Anko's cursed seal and transferring it into the physical form Jūgo provided by absorbing some of Kabuto's modified flesh. Despite Suigetsu's fears of his next action as he reclaims the rest of his chakra that Kabuto took from him, Orochimaru explains that he is neither interested in Tobi's war nor strong enough to even attempt to take Sasuke's body if he wanted to. However, Orochimaru, noting the change in his former student, does agree to take Sasuke to one who has the answers he wants.
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[[File:Dead Demon Consuming Seal - Release.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru releases the sealed souls from the Shinigami.]]
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Arriving in [[Konohagakure]], Orochimaru and the others sense [[Naruto]]'s chakra from a great distance away. Noting that Sasuke was annoyed by this, Orochimaru pressed on with the group at the young man's behest. He lead them to the [[Uzumaki Clan's Mask Storage Temple]] to pick up a mask from the ruins, and then takes the group to the underground hall in the [[Naka Shrine]]. Orochimaru proceeded to don the mask which invoked the [[Shinigami]] to possess his body. Orochimaru then proceeded to cut open the Shinigami's stomach, a wound reflected on his own body, to release the trapped contents inside the Shinigami.
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[[File:Orochimaru prepares Edo Tensei.png|thumb|Orochimaru casts the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique.]]
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With his arms restored as well, Orochimaru performed the [[Impure World Reincarnation]] using four of the six White Zetsu clone [[Spore Technique|spores]] that Jūgo activated from Sasuke's body. Ordering Suigetsu and Jūgo hold two of the Zetsu down, the remaining four Zetsu are used as the bodies for the reincarnation of the previous four [[Hokage]]. To escape death, Orochimaru transferred his being in the White Zetsu Suigetsu was holding down. Once the Hokage were reincarnated, revealing he researched the means to undo the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, Orochimaru explained that his reasons for bringing them back were for them to aid Sasuke by giving him the information he desired. When Orochimaru accused the [[Second Hokage]] of being the one to cause the coup d'etat to surface, he was rebuffed by the Hokage who later explained that he had tried to save the Uchiha from [[Curse of Hatred|themselves]]. When Tobirama later declared that he was heading to the battlefield, Orochimaru's new vessel provided him with access to Hashirama's cells, allowing him to bind the Hokage. Noting that Hashirama had broke his control over him, Orochimaru is told by the First that he would first free Sasuke from the darkness which surrounded him. During this course of events, Sasuke had a flashback about a conversation he and Orochimaru had as they made their way to Konoha where Sasuke stated that he does not believe Orochimaru's reasons to destroy Konoha were on a whim.
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After hearing Sasuke's decision to protect the village, Orochimaru announces that he will also help in the war effort against Madara. When Hiruzen asks him after why he changed his mind after all these years, Orochimaru explains that he made an error in judgement from watching Kabuto act in his stead and is now interested to see the result of Sasuke's "different path" of not letting those who sacrificed themselves for the village go to waste.
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[[File:Orochimaru enters the battlefield.png|thumb|left|Orochimaru and his group arrive to the battlefield.]]
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Later, Orochimaru arrived to the place where Tsunade and the other Kage were left severely wounded, alongside [[Suigetsu]] and [[Karin]], commenting that Tsunade was in a rather bad shape. He broke up the arguing Karin and Suigetsu, and ordered them to help [[Katsuyu]] heal Tsunade. Later, Orochimaru, along with the five Kage, Suigetsu, and Karin, arrive at the battlefield, where the entire Allied Shinobi Forces are struggling against [[Obito Uchiha]], who recently became the [[jinchūriki]] of the [[Ten-Tails]]. As Obito began the final stages of his and Madara's grand plan: "Infinite Tsukuyomi", Hashirama had [[Ino Yamanaka]] telepathically link everyone via the [[Mind Body Transmission Technique]] to inform everyone about the plan as well as try and rally the shinobi to continue fighting. While Hashirama's words fail to inspire them, Naruto's memories are conveyed to them via Ino's telepathy. The Sannin looked on solemnly as Naruto remembered the [[Jiraiya's Memorial|memorial]] he erected for Jiraiya.
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[[File:Orochimaru fights.png|thumb|Orochimaru attacks the Shinju with his snakes.]]
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As Sasuke had Jūgo transfer some of his [[natural energy]] into the Uchiha, who immediately channelled it into his complete [[Susanoo]], Orochimaru watched on, greatly impressed at how far Sasuke has come and notes that he still had much room to grow.
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Later, while asserting that he had no interest in the war, Orochimaru noted that Obito's plan would interfere with his experiments, he then decided to heed his former sensei's urgings and participate in the war. With his [[Many Hidden Shadow Snake Hands|assistance]], Hiruzen was able to [[Adamantine Staff|destroy]] the Shinju's branches into pieces. As Naruto began his great tug-of-war against Obito, Orochimaru alongside Hiruzen watched on as the Shinju's flower halted its blooming.
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=== Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc ===
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After a momentary lull in the battle after Obito is defeated, the Allied Forces was attacked by [[Guruguru]], who created an enormous wooden statue to assault them. Orochimaru teamed up with his former subordinates to effectively subdue their attacker in order to make a break for Sasuke's location. He was then impressed by Karin's ability to use the chakra chains and he was reminded of [[Kushina Uzumaki]]. As they raced towards where Karin last senses Sasuke, Orochimaru noticed that the young woman was expending herself. Contemplating the situation, he wondered solemnly if this was really the end for Sasuke.
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[[File:Mugen Tsukuyomi in Orochimaru.png|thumb|left|120px|Orochimaru is trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.]]
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Upon reaching Sasuke, they found Kabuto merging with Sasuke, seemingly to assimilate the Uchiha. When asking his former right-hand man why he came, Kabuto simply explained that his experience under the effects of [[Izanami]] made him rediscover his true identity as simply Kabuto Yakushi and acknowledged what he always sought was back at the Konoha orphanage. Wanting to make up for his mistakes, starting with healing Sasuke through his medical ninjutsu and instructions from Tobirama. Eventually, Kabuto succeeded in healing Sasuke, who quickly returned to his feet and was ready to resume the battle. Orochimaru was later caught in Madara's Infinite Tsykuyomi.
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== Influence ==
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Orochimaru apparently kept tabs on [[Akatsuki]], as Kabuto was knowledgeable about [[Zetsu]], and Tobi's machination to revive the [[Ten-Tails]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 512, page 6</ref> Even when removed from reality by Itachi, being an extensive researcher, the notes he left behind were still coveted as vast stores of knowledge to those fortunate enough to come across them, as seen when one of his hidden rooms is found by Suigetsu and Jūgo, the former of which finds information he believes can impact the war.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 574, pages 6-7</ref>
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In his absence, Kabuto used Orochimaru's remains from his battle with Sasuke to integrate his master's DNA into himself in order to surpass him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 584, pages 16-17</ref> Having also assimilated the DNA of [[Sakon and Ukon]] to procure their abilities, Kabuto uses the twins' [[Attack of the Twin Demons]] to produce a construct of Orochimaru that transforms into his White Snake form and lunges at an opponent. However, Orochimaru lived on, in a sense, through [[cursed seal]]s and Kabuto after the latter integrated Orochimaru's DNA into himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 627, page 13</ref> Knowing the nature of the seal to contain parts of Orochimaru's consciousness, Sasuke revived Orochimaru by transferring a portion of Orochimaru's DNA which was retrieved from Kabuto's modified body into Anko's [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 593, pages 6-7</ref>
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== Movies ==
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=== Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds ===
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Orochimaru made a small appearance along with Kabuto. Feeling that his time was running out before he had to transfer his soul again, but fearing that the repeated use of his techniques was starting to be too taxing, he ordered Sasuke to retrieve a man named [[Shinnō]], who had developed his own immortality technique. In the end, Sasuke failed to get the man, but did retrieve the scroll containing the technique's information. Orochimaru noticed that Sasuke's demeanour seemed shaken from the mission.
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== Video Games ==
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== Creation and Conception ==
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As one of the villains in the story, Kishimoto created Orochimaru as an antithesis to the protagonists' values. His snake-like appearance and related features were intended to make it easier for the reader to recognise that he is a villain. In an interview, Kishimoto asserted that making the villains "flamboyant" was one of his "guiding principles", and attributed this to his desire to have the villains possess a "powerful aura".
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Following this theme of distinguishing villains, Kishimoto attempted to make Orochimaru's face appear "pasty and sickly," which serves to emphasise the "scary looks" that Kishimoto frequently has Orochimaru performing in the manga. As these occurrences are his "trademark", Kishimoto modifies Orochimaru's appearance and the scene to focus on Orochimaru's face; for instance, highlights that are normally added to Orochimaru's hair are removed and the background is blanked out to create a "creepy atmosphere".
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== Trivia ==
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* ''Orochi'' means "Great Snake" and ''Maru'' is a common suffix in male names.
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* Orochimaru borrows heavily from Japanese myth and literature:
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** Literature — Orochimaru's name, as well as those of Jiraiya and Tsunade, come from the {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Jiraiya|"The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya"]]|児雷也豪傑物語|Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari}}. The Orochimaru in that story was originally a student of Jiraiya's called Yashagorō, until he was corrupted by snake magic and took on the name Orochimaru.
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** Myth — {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Yamata no Orochi|Yamata-no-Orochi]]|八岐大蛇|Eight-forked Giant Snake}}, a giant eight-tailed, eight-headed snake killed with the Totsuka Sword by the god [[Wikipedia:Susanoo|Susanoo-no-Mikoto]], who found the [[Wikipedia:Kusanagi|Kusanagi Sword]] in one of its tails. This mirrors almost exactly how Itachi Uchiha using Totsuka Sword wielding [[Susanoo]] sealed Orochimaru, while in his [[Eight Branches Technique|Yamata]] form, and wielding the [[Sword of Kusanagi: Longsword of the Sky|Kusanagi Sword]] kept inside of him.
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* In the English VIZ translation of [[Coward…!!|chapter 49]], Orochimaru introduces himself to Sasuke as "Orochimaru, the Giant Snake". This was not present in the original version.
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* The symbolism of Orochimaru's snake affiliation can be also tied to how many cultures, Eastern and Western, perceived snakes as symbols of immortality and rebirth via the shedding of their skin.
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* Orochimaru shares his blood type with his former team-mates, Jiraiya and Tsunade.
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* After the preliminaries conclude, he is never shown again wearing an Otogakure headband.
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* Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Orochimaru show that he was 153&nbsp;cm when he was part of Hiruzen's genin team.
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* According to the databook(s):
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** Orochimaru's hobby is creating techniques.
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** Orochimaru wishes to fight those with techniques that can be used in the future.
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** Orochimaru's favourite food are [[Wikipedia:Egg (food)|eggs]], while his least favourites are anything cold.
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** During his time as a Konoha-nin, Orochimaru has completed 1,468 official missions in total: 16 D-rank, 332 C-rank, 521 B-rank, 491 A-rank, 108 S-rank.
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** Orochimaru's favourite words are {{Translation|"destroy"|破壊|hakkai}} and {{Translation|"chaos"|混沌|konton}}.
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* Orochimaru appears in the anime adaptation of ''[[Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden]]'' as the comedic main antagonist. Like the main series, he plans to destroy Konoha, but after his début, he aims more at seeking revenge on [[Team Guy]] for foiling his plans.
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== Quotes ==
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* (To [[Kabuto]]) "''You just don't have enough information to explain yourself yet. Your glasses, your name, being someone's child is not something that can show who really you are. But that is fine. If you're not happy on what you have now… you can just find new things to find up. …You see, I also want to find who I really am. That's why I'm collecting a bit of everything.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 584, page 10</ref>
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* (To [[Hiruzen]]) "''I want to obtain all the techniques and gain a true understanding of everything in this world. The first one to mix blue and yellow called the new colour "green". I want to do something similar to that. If blue is the chakra, then yellow is the seal, and green is the technique… Just as there is no end to the variety of colours, there are so many thousands… tens of thousands of techniques in the world as well. But in order to obtain every possible technique and truth, it would require an eternity. Only one who understands everything after spending such time on this can be fittingly called the Ultimate Being.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 121, page 12</ref>
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* (To Hiruzen) "''What nonsense! In the grand scheme of time, you're nothing more than a trivial footnote in the brief history of a cluster of huts called "Konoha"! In time, the Hokage Stone Faces will crumble and be worn down to nothing…''"<ref>''Naruto''chapter 122, page 15</ref>
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* (To a young [[Kimimaro]]) "''Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life. But if you linger a while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it, like how you discovered that flower. Or, how I discovered you one fateful night.''"<ref>''Naruto'' episode 126</ref>
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* (To Kabuto, talking about [[Tsunade]]) "''The best medicines always taste bitter.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 153, page 13</ref>
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* (About [[Naruto]]) "''This child… intrigues me to no end!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 293, page 15</ref>
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* (About [[Sasuke]]) "''When I watch this boy, I look back to the time I was called a genius, and think how ridiculous it was.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 343, page 3</ref>
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* (About [[Yūkimaru]]) "''When there is a true desire in the heart and that desire is strong… that is when he finds real strength that even he did not know he had.''"<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 105</ref>
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* (To Sasuke) "''I refuse… to let this happen! I am Orochimaru! I am immortal! I will not die here! Destined to discover the true meaning behind everything! Destined to take control of everything in this world!!''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 346, page 6</ref>
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* (To [[Suigetsu]] about Sasuke) "''It's just like the time when I planned on crushing the Konohagakure… He has chosen a divergent path from the village… But even so, it'll always have some sentimental value. He's soaking that all in and coming to terms with… The consequences of his future actions and reaffirming his resolve.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 6</ref>
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* (To [[Tsunade]], about Jiraiya) "''People change. It's just a matter of whether they die before it happens. Although [[Jiraiya|he]] died just the way he was.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 635, page 9</ref>
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* (To Hiruzen) "''Fine, let's bring back the memories… of when I was your student.''"<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 650, page 4</ref>
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Orochimaru2

(大蛇丸, Orochimaru)
Debut
Manga Chapter #45
Anime Naruto Episode #27
Movie Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds
Game Naruto: Ninja Council
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Birthdate Astrological Sign Scorpio October 27
Gender Gender Male Male
Age
  • Part I: 50-51
  • Part II: 54
Height
  • Part I: 179.4 cm1.794 m
    5.886 ft
    70.63 in
    -172 cm1.72 m
    5.643 ft
    67.717 in
  • Part II: 172 cm1.72 m
    5.643 ft
    67.717 in
Weight
  • Part I: 63.9 kg140.875 lb-57.3 kg126.325 lb
  • Part II: 57.3 kg126.325 lb
Blood type B
Kekkei Genkai
Classification
Occupation
  • Founder and Leader of Otogakure
Affiliation
Team
Partner
Rank
Ninja Rank
Ninja Registration 002300
Academy Grad. Age 6
Nature Type
Unique Traits

Jutsu

Tools

Orochimaru (大蛇丸, Orochimaru) is one of Konohagakure's legendary Sannin. With a life-ambition to learn all of the world's secrets, Orochimaru seeks immortality so that he might live all of the lives necessary to accomplish his task. He defected from Konoha rather than be persecuted for his ambitions, and for many years sought the village's destruction in order to take revenge and demonstrate what he has learned. After several apparent deaths in the pursuit of his goals, Orochimaru realises his approach is flawed through Kabuto Yakushi and begins monitoring the choices and actions of his former associate, Sasuke Uchiha.

Background Edit

Orochimaru As A Kid

Orochimaru as a child.

Orochimaru was an orphan who became a pupil of Hiruzen Sarutobi alongside Jiraiya and Tsunade. Compared to the more laid back Jiraiya, Orochimaru stood out as a genius — his talents, knowledge, and determination were considered by Hiruzen to be that of a prodigy seen once in a generation.[4] According to Tsunade, Orochimaru had a twisted personality even as a child. His sadistic attitude was presumably due to the death of his parents. At some point after losing them, Orochimaru found a white snake near his parents' grave, with Hiruzen's explanation of it representing fortune and rebirth inspiring Orochimaru to study kinjutsu and obtain knowledge of all techniques.[5] Jiraiya theorised that Orochimaru went down this path in an attempt to forget his painful memories.

Hanzo and Sannin

Orochimaru, Tsunade and Jiraiya earn the title "Sannin" by Hanzō during the Second Shinobi World War.

During the Second Shinobi World War, Orochimaru joined Jiraiya and Tsunade in fighting Hanzō, who gave them the title of Konoha's "Three Legendary Shinobi" (伝説の三忍, Densetsu no Sannin) as a reward for surviving their battle with him, while the rest of their group were easily slaughtered in the process.[6] On their way back to Konoha, they encountered three Amegakure orphans, with Orochimaru proposing a mercy killing before Jiraiya chose to train them instead.[7][8] In the anime, Orochimaru orchestrated the last known rampage of the Eight-Tails in Kumogakure by infiltrating the village while disguised as a Kumo-nin and posing as Fukai's doctor in order to trick him into taking special genjutsu inducing pills, allowing him to extract the tailed beast. After its rampage, Orochimaru obtained the severed horn of the Eight-Tails and harvested Fukai's DNA from it.[9]

Orochimaru and Anko

Orochimaru and his student, Anko.

Some time after Team Hiruzen was disbanded, Orochimaru became an ANBU member and joined Root to work directly under Danzō Shimura, while also becoming a mentor to Anko Mitarashi. It was during that time that Orochimaru met Kabuto Yakushi while accompanying Danzō in forcing the boy's guardian, Nonō, into a mission.[10] While Orochimaru's ambitions did include becoming the Fourth Hokage, he intended to use the title for his own agenda.[11] Though Hiruzen knew the potential evil his former pupil had in him, he hoped to stir Orochimaru from the path before slowly realising that he was beyond anyone's help.[4] When Hiruzen finally named Minato Namikaze his successor, Orochimaru saw no more reason to remain in Konoha and began to be less discreet with his actions.[12] This led to his experimentation on Hashirama Senju's DNA with sixty children he kidnapped to recreate the First's Wood Release, having help from Danzō.[13] Believing it to be a failure, Orochimaru was unaware that one child had survived his Wood Release experiment. He later refined the process enough to inject Hashirama's cells into Danzō's arm, while also endowing the elder with multiple Sharingan.[14][15]

Orochimaru performed various experiments on his prisoners, some being fellow Konoha shinobi he kidnapped. He used them as human guinea pigs to develop techniques that would grant him immortality, the end result being Living Corpse Reincarnation. Some time later, Orochimaru was at the outskirts of Kirigakure as he found Kimimaro, the sole survivor of the Kaguya clan. Soon after, thanks in part to Kimimaro, Orochimaru's research on the source of Jūgo's powers led him to find the Ryūchi Cave and master senjutsu.[16] Unable to enter Sage Mode because of the fragility of his host body, Orochimaru instead developed an alternate method of harnessing his senjutsu chakra through cursed seals, which he tested on Anko and several others before eventually using the finalised versions on Kimimaro and the Sound Four. In the anime, Orochimaru found the Iburi clan living underground near Kohoha. Taking an interest in their ability to become smoke, Orochimaru took advantage of the clan's fear of their imperfect and potentially fatal transformation by partially stabilising it with his cursed seals. Telling them that he needed more research to perfect the process, the clan willingly gave Orochimaru test subjects.[17] In the anime, Orochimaru witnessed Itachi Uchiha performing a training run normally meant for older and more experienced users due to the danger of it. After the young Uchiha flawlessly completed it, Orochimaru instantly became amazed and excited at Itachi's advanced growth rate.

Kabuto and Orochimaru meet again

Orochimaru encounters Kabuto again after he retreated from Iwagakure.

Orochimaru was later sent on a mission by Danzō to Iwagakure to ensure that both Kabuto and Nonō, the former having joined Root as a spy, killed each other as they had become major liabilities. Orochimaru instead spirited Kabuto to his hideout, which would become part of his personal hidden village, Otogakure, and revealed Root's intent for Kabuto's life and the role he was to play in it. Though Orochimaru revealed that he was also sent to kill the one who survived this ordeal, he told Kabuto that he saw a bit of himself in the boy and decided killing him would be a waste of great talent. Therefore, Orochimaru offered Kabuto a position as his right hand and spy with the promise of an identity.[18]

As his test subjects began to die off, Orochimaru was caught red-handed by Hiruzen. Though he knew it was his duty, Hiruzen lacked the will to kill his student, allowing him to escape.[19] In the anime, during his escape, Orochimaru was found by Kakashi Hatake. Despite the young prodigy's best efforts, Orochimaru swiftly defeated him. Letting his guard down at the approach of a snake, Orochimaru was greatly injured by an explosive tag concealed in the snake's mouth. Cursing Hiruzen for ruining his plans, though greatly injured, Orochimaru quickly regained his composure. He then resumed his retreat from the country, leaving a terrified Kakashi frozen in place from his malicious glare alone.[17] Seriously wounded, Orochimaru visited the cave where the Iburi clan lived and killed them all, trying to restore his power. Upon the arrival of the youngest member, Yukimi, Orochimaru pursued her while being chased by Kakashi Hatake and Kinoe. Eventually, he managed to take a sample of Yukimi's blood, intending to inject it into himself to temporarily gain her ability and slip across the border, but he was attacked before he could do so and quickly escaped.[20] Orochimaru managed to destroy most of his research facilities and booby-trap the rest.[21]

Orochimaru attacks Itachi

Orochimaru attacks Itachi.

Orochimaru ultimately escaped Konoha, leaving his emotionally broken mentor, with Jiraiya's plea for him to reconsider falling on deaf ears. Orochimaru soon joined the elite criminal organisation Akatsuki, his role in which was unclear, although he was partnered with Sasori, with whom he did much good for the organisation.[22] However, when Itachi Uchiha joined Akatsuki after conducting the Uchiha clan massacre, Orochimaru saw his opportunity to steal his body to gain possession of the Sharingan. Itachi used his Sharingan to stop him from doing so, while also cutting Orochimaru's left hand off to prevent him from breaking the genjutsu he was under, which lead to him leaving Akatsuki to acquire a new body.[23] For Orochimaru's defection, Sasori developed a grudge against him and used Kabuto, whom Orochimaru had sent to serve as his spy within Akatsuki, to counter spy as his sleeper agent. However, Orochimaru discovered and undid the technique Sasori had used on him.[24] Orochimaru had also been on a life-long search for the Totsuka Sword, an ethereal sword, but was unaware that it was in the possession of Itachi's Susanoo.[25]

Personality Edit

Orochimaru possesses a complex personality, however more often than not he was described as twisted by a large number of people, including Tsunade. Jiraiya speculated that this was due to the fact that both of his parents died when he was at a very young age, along with his horror for Tsunade losing Nawaki and later shedding tears when she lost Dan, imply that Orochimaru grew to disdain the fragility of human life and how it affected those still living, which led him to desire immortality. To that end, the primary purpose of Orochimaru's human experimentation is to test what modifications the human body can endure and harness a subject's unique abilities for himself. Once accomplishing this goal, Orochimaru had hoped to be worthy of the title of "ultimate being", unable to die and able to achieve his secondary goal to learn every ninja technique in the world, which would normally take many lifetimes to obtain.

According to Sasuke, becoming cruel with any good he had as a member of Team Hiruzen gone, Orochimaru's agenda made him develop a god complex and valued himself while delighting in striking terror in his first impressions. Though causing conflict to ease his boredom, Orochimaru seems to have no interest in wars started by others.[26] His charisma also attracts a number of followers, many of which he would not hesitate to send on potential suicide missions if for his own personal benefit, expressing some remorse if they're unable to properly complete a task, having no sentimental attachments to any of them despite their values. Despite this, Orochimaru has genuine interest in the development of his underlings and experiments.

Taking Sasuke as an apprentice, seeing him as a prodigy like himself, Orochimaru intended to take the youth's body to obtain the Sharingan to reach another step in his goal of immortality and learning every technique in the world. This goal has developed to the point of obsession. However, despite knowing that Sasuke was willing to do anything for revenge, including sacrificing his own body, Orochimaru did anticipate treachery from his disciple and showed only a small level of surprise when it actually occurred. What truly surprised Orochimaru was Sasuke's decision to follow his own path and ultimately choosing defend the village he initially swore to destroy, one that Orochimaru openly approved and curious to see what the end result it.

He also had an initial disdain toward Naruto Uzumaki, believing him to be a poor excuse for a ninja until he defeated Kabuto with the Rasengan. Despite attempting to kill Naruto at the time after coming to the realisation that he would become a threat to him in the future, Orochimaru became interested in Naruto's development, provoking Naruto during their battle to see his full abilities at the time. Though coming to hate his home village, orchestrating a few attempts to destroy it, Orochimaru despised his former Akatsuki colleagues more. Throughout Part II, if Orochimaru was not busy with Sasuke's development, he would try to cripple the Akatsuki's operations, seen in the "Sai and Sasuke Arc" as well as the "Three-Tails Arc". He expresses delight over the death of Sasori and later convinced Sasuke from killing Team Kakashi so they would thin out the Akatsuki membership.

An aspect of Orochimaru's personality is also his greatest weakness: his arrogance. He truly believed he is immortal at times, attacking recklessly against powerful opponents such as his former teacher and Itachi Uchiha. Both times he was left crippled in some way since he either wanted to make his opponent suffer, like against Hiruzen, or because he was too uninformed to face his opponent, like against Itachi. Despite his distinct lack of morals, Orochimaru seems to be well-versed in psychological warfare and displays insightful wisdom when disparaging Tobirama for the actions resulting from his policies.

After being revived by Sasuke, his personality changed a bit. While he still wished that he could gain Sasuke's body, he acknowledged that he was too weak at the time. He also realised that copying someone completely was a mistake from his observation of Kabuto and displayed interest in Sasuke's "different path". Later, he felt sentimental over his failed candidacy for being Hokage, though this may be because he was in front of his master and the Fourth. Wanting to see Sasuke's path, he chose to fight alongside the Uchiha instead of ignoring Madara's war like he planned, and even made it a priority to heal Tsunade and the other Kage after their defeat before hurrying to the battlefield. Orochimaru also shows a sick sense of humour at the time, from using the memory of Sasuke stabbing him to convince Karin to aid the youth again to his comical method of threatening her and Suigetsu into cooperating to heal Tsunade. Orochimaru has also shown signs of regret, seemingly saddened by his childhood friend Jiraiya's death. Orochimaru does also seem to genuinely care about Sasuke's well being, as he originally thought it was best to take his time figuring out how to battle Guruguru but quickly decided against taking his time when Karin sensed Sasuke was on the verge of death.

Appearance Edit

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Orochimaru.

Originally, Orochimaru was a tall man with extremely pale skin and waist-length black hair. He had a long face with pronounced cheekbones, golden eyes with slits in his pupils and purple markings around his eyes — a reference to his snake-like nature. Although he has taken on new bodies repeatedly, he has modified them each to resemble his original form, minus the height differences. He apparently used his Vanishing Facial Copy Technique on his original body so he can wear it over his hosts' faces as a mask.

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Orochimaru's summoning tattoo.

Orochimaru is sometimes seen sporting different attires. He usually wears plain grey garbs with black pants and a thick purple rope belt tied in a large knot behind his back and blue tomoe-shaped earrings. He is seen wearing a black polo neck under it. As a young child, he wore long white robes with purple lining embroidered with black or yellow tomoe markings, tied with a purple ribbon forming a bow in the front, as well as white leggings and black open-toed shoes, and mesh top with a purple lining under it. In various flashbacks, he is also seen wearing the Oto ninja uniform and forehead protector, as well as the Konoha ninja uniform. During his time in Konoha, his casual wear usually consisted of a dark kimono shirt with violet lining over a mesh shirt, bandages that he uses as a sash, dark pants, and armour around his hips. On his left hand, he has an intricate tattoo that he uses to summon snakes. On one occasion, in which he proposed the request for Tsunade to heal his arms, he was seen wearing long purple robes with a loose pink vest, as well as a off-grey kimono with a polo neck in Zaku's flashback. On few occasions, for instance in Kimimaro's childhood flashbacks, Orochimaru is also seen wearing a pale yellowish furisode-style kimono, with a black polo neck underneath tied with a dark brown sash, and flat dark-coloured zōri sandals.

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Orochimaru's Akatsuki attire.

During his time with the Akatsuki, he wore the standard red and black Akatsuki robes. Orochimaru wore his slate blue Akatsuki ring, which bears the kanji for "sky" or "void" (空, ), on his left little finger. In his room, he is sometimes seen wearing a mahogany shirt with a design of two white snakes on the back of the sleeves to the back on both sides, as well as black pants.

After countless experiments with his body, his true form became a giant snake ("The Great White Serpent") made up of a multitude of smaller snakes, with long and spiky black hair, a scaled face with snake-like teeth and a long tongue, black eye markings, and a pointed chin.

After being resurrected by Sasuke, Orochimaru has returned to his taller and seemingly original height before taking Gen'yūmaru's body. He also donned a black cloak and hood somewhere between his rebirth and arriving to Konoha.

Abilities Edit

Being one of the legendary Sannin, as well as a former member of the S-rank criminal organisation Akatsuki, Orochimaru is an extraordinarily powerful ninja, being Kage-level in his own right. Even among the Sannin, he was the one who originally stood out for individual ability. He was considered as a child prodigy that appeared only once a generation. His skills were so great that during the time of his invasion of Konoha, the Third Hokage feared no one in the village would be able to defeat him or even fight on equal footing with him, even himself, and that Orochimaru was strong enough to take down an entire small nation on his own. Even Kakashi Hatake, one of Konoha's greatest shinobi, was filled with tremendous fear when he met him during the Chūnin Exams, and himself admitted that he wouldn't even stand a chance against his level of power. Sasuke Uchiha and Suigetsu Hōzuki also stated that the former's victory over Orochimaru was only because the latter was already severely weakened prior to their confrontation. Due to him rarely being shown fighting, he has only displayed a limited amount of techniques, though his fighting style is very fluid and it stands to reason that in his efforts to learn all existing techniques, his array of abilities has probably become larger than any other single person and that he has vast knowledge on all forms of techniques.

During his battle against the Third Hokage, his arms were sealed by the latter, preventing Orochimaru from forming hand signs and effectively stripping him of most of his technique arsenal. Despite this, he remained a formidable opponent, still able to hold his own against both Jiraiya (albeit greatly weakened by poison) and Tsunade simultaneously. In Part II with his hands physically restored, he was able to toy with Naruto in his three-tailed form while his body was greatly weakened. Even with the danger Naruto later imposed in his four-tailed form, Orochimaru could still battle evenly against Naruto and found great entertainment from the transformed Naruto's considerable power, later even expressed regret that he couldn't complete the battle as his body finally began to give in. After acquiring the Uzumaki's mask of the Shinigami, he was able to break the seal on his arms, regaining his former strength,[27] which has later showed able to calmly fight back the Ten-Tails in its final form.

Ninjutsu Edit

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Orochimaru shedding his body.

Wishing to obtain all of the techniques in the world, Orochimaru has a vast arsenal of techniques at his disposal, ranging from simple offensive ones, which nonetheless become deadly when performed by him, to higher ranking, more complicated ones. Even at a young age, he was able to utilise his former master's signature Shuriken Shadow Clone Technique.[28] Orochimaru also exhibited mastery with the Transformation Technique, as he was able to view Sasuke's battle with Yoroi Akadō during the Chūnin Exams, undetected. He was also able to pose as the Fourth Kazekage for weeks, fooling the entire village of Sunagakure, including its elite shinobi and the ones closest to the dead Kazekage. After Orochimaru took over a White Zetsu spore clone, Orochimaru gained access to the clone's ability to change its appearance.[29] He is also capable of utilising medical ninjutsu and when conducting experiments, he would make use of the chakra scalpel.[30]

In terms of defensive techniques, Orochimaru uses both Summoning: Rashōmon and Summoning: Triple Rashōmon, in which he summons a varying number of large demonic gates that are capable of enduring even the most intense forms of damage. Orochimaru can also use a technique to avoid damage, and another to temporarily paralyse an opponent.

Nature Transformation Edit

Orochimaru, being skilled and diverse in elemental ninjutsu, has shown capable of utilising at least two nature transformations; both wind and earth. With the Wind Release: Great Breakthrough he could level an entire forest with a powerful gust of wind. In the anime, one of the other few elemental techniques he was seen using is the Earth Release Shadow Clone, which could create copy of himself out of mud that can attack on his behalf.

After taking possession of a Zetsu clone's body, Orochimaru acquired Hashirama Senju's cells along with the latter's Wood Release kekkei genkai and the other half of its composite natures, the Water Release nature transformation.

Snake Techniques Edit

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Orochimaru using his Formation of Ten Thousand Snakes technique.

Orochimaru's trademark trait is his affinity with snakes, in addition to impacting the appearance and composition of his true form, and granting him the ability to extend his limbs to abnormal lengths and to take on snake-like traits in battle, caused him to learn a number of snake-related abilities, including learning Sage Mode. His snake-related techniques have been referred to as Power of the White Snake. One such ability is being able to summon giant snakes to fight alongside him in battle, made possible by the summoning contract tattooed on his arm. This allows him to summon snakes within his vicinity, as opposed to having to place his hand on a surface.[31] If need be, Orochimaru can morph into a giant snake, despite being slightly smaller in size to his larger summonings.[31] His signature summon was Manda, a colossal snake which was described as the largest in the world, with immense fighting capabilities. With Hidden Shadow Snake Hands, Orochimaru can instantly call forth snakes from his sleeves and mouth to attack his opponents in large numbers with venomous bites. A stronger variation of this technique was the Many Hidden Shadow Snake Hands, in which the summoned snakes grow noticeably in both numbers and size.

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Orochimaru's Eight Branches Technique.

Another usage of snakes comes in the form of his signature weapon, the Sword of Kusanagi, the Kusanagi of Japanese legend. The sword, kept within the mouth of a snake within his own throat, is able to extend to great lengths to attack enemies that are very far away, can be controlled remotely by Orochimaru, and can return to him by turning in a snake. Although he is capable of wielding the sword normally with great proficiency, it's not uncommon for him to use it without ever removing it from his mouth. The sword is stated to be able to cut through almost anything, and despite failing to penetrate four-tailed Naruto's chakra shroud, did push him back an incredible length. In the anime, he is also capable of having numerous Kusanagi-like blades sprout from the mouths of the snakes he summons.

His strongest technique is the Eight Branches Technique, which allows him to transform into an eight-headed, eight-tailed giant serpent bigger than the already colossal Manda, another reference to the Japanese myth. This was described as the ultimate snake-related technique, which turned the user into an immensely powerful "Dragon God".

Fūinjutsu Edit

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Orochimaru using the Five Elements Seal.

Although downplayed for much of the series, Orochimaru is also very skilled in the use of fūinjutsu, even in the midst of battle. Most notably, he has been seen using the Five Elements Seal, to seal off another's access to chakra and thus, rendering them useless. Using this technique, Orochimaru was not only able land a seal on an enraged Naruto, but also completely subdue the Nine-Tails' chakra. In the anime, he was shown capable of using its counterpart, the Five Elements Unseal. His prowess with it was great enough to release the seal and extract a tailed beast from its jinchūriki.[9] He can also apply his seals on targets to temporarily immobilise them.[32]

Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation Edit

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Orochimaru reincarnates Hashirama and Tobirama.

Orochimaru is one of the three people capable of performing Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation, further perfecting the technique developed by the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju. In his first shown use, he reincarnated both the technique's creator and Hashirama Senju to fight against his teacher, Hiruzen Sarutobi. Though Hiruzen sealed the part of his soul that represented his arms to bare him from using Impure World Reincarnation, Orochimaru used the Shinigami Mask during the Fourth Shinobi World War to spiritually restore himself and summoned all four Hokage at once.[33] His prowess with this technique seems to have increased, seemingly from acquiring Kabuto's new knowledge of it, as Tobirama noted that the reincarnated Hokage were now nearly to their full power as opposed to his previous attempt.

Using Hashirama's cells, Orochimaru can strengthen his control over the reincarnated Hokage,[34][35] as seen when he was able to completely immobilise Tobirama who was resisting control for a brief time, though he stated that Hashirama was still able to easily break Orochimaru's restraint.

Immortality Techniques Edit

Through the use of his "true form" is with his Living Corpse Reincarnation, Orochimaru can transfer his soul to another body and extend his life indefinitely. To use this technique, Orochimaru must leave his former body. Once he has done this, he swallows the new body and transports its current inhabitant to a dimension within himself where he absorbs them, thus allowing him to take over their body. Orochimaru can only perform this technique once every three years, which is also around the time that his new body begins to reject him and forces him to find a new host. Although he might leave their bodies behind, the souls of those whose bodies he has taken always remain within Orochimaru's subconscious. After taking over another body, Orochimaru modifies it to suit his theme of snakes. He can also alter the face and body of his host to take on his own original form.

Orochimaru's other method of immortality are the cursed seals he developed. In addition to his senjutsu chakra, each cursed seal contains a portion of Orochimaru's consciousness, which allows him to share the senses of those who bear his seals. In the event that he is killed or sealed, he can be revived through one of his cursed seals if an individual presses flesh containing his DNA up to the cursed seal and uses the Evil Releasing Method. Through this process, Orochimaru can be completely resurrected any number of times, as long as there are enough remaining cursed seals and pieces of his DNA.

Senjutsu Edit

During his research on Jūgo's clan, Orochimaru eventually tracked down the source of their power when he discovered the Ryūchi Cave and senjutsu. Here, he attempted to learn senjutsu as well as Sage Mode. However he was unable to use this power to its full potential due to being unable to find a host body that could bear such an ability, making it an unsuitable option for battle altogether.[16] However he does have enough knowledge to both release another person's Sage Mode and absorb the senjutsu chakra inside them as seen with Kabuto.[36]

To compensate for this flaw, Orochimaru developed other novel uses for his senjutsu chakra: the cursed seals.[37] Combining this chakra with the enzyme produced by Jūgo, he was able to create these unique seals, which triggered a change near-identical to that of the Sage Transformation, but with different benefits and drawbacks. The senjutsu chakra locked in these seals is naturally quite powerful as Kabuto was amazed at a portion of Orochimaru's chakra he absorbed from Anko,[38] even after he assimilated the collective DNA of team Taka, the Sound Five and of Orochimaru himself. These seals also carried the additional benefit of acting as anchors to Orochimaru's consciousness, allowing him to observe events through anyone branded by the seal and even revive him any number of times under the right circumstances.[37]

Intelligence Edit

From his childhood days, Orochimaru was identified as a genius shinobi and a once-in-a-generation prodigy. During his lifetime, his associations with powerful shinobi and groups, such as his tutoring by the Third Hokage and his stints with both the Root and Akatsuki organisations, as well as his later solo exploits into gaining knowledge, allowed him to develop and gain access to vast amounts of information.

Orochimaru is a master planner and manipulator. For years, he evaded capture from both Konoha and the Akatsuki, all the while setting up a network of fully supplied hideouts throughout various countries. He was also able to manipulate the entire village of Sunagakure into invading Konoha, by posing as the Fourth Kazekage without anyone noticing, having killed the real one before the invasion. He was capable of manipulating multiple people into becoming his willing pawns and guinea pigs for his experiments, using a combination of manipulation, insight into a victim's past and the promise of power to gain their loyalty. The greatest examples of this are Kabuto and Kimimaro, who idolised the Sannin and showed nothing but absolute loyalty and respect for him. He even developed a fail-safe in case he was ever killed or sealed in the form of his cursed seals. At some point in time, Orochimaru and Kabuto learned that Tobi was not the real Madara Uchiha, although it would ultimately be Kabuto who would use this knowledge to his full advantage.

This wealth of research has proven to have devastating effects long after Orochimaru's sealing, as seen through Kabuto's performances during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Due to this research, he is easily capable of deducing the workings of an enemy's techniques and fighting style.

Body Modifications Edit

Over the years, Orochimaru has conducted various experiments on his own body, thus modifying it greatly. This in turn has granted him an exponential increase in his bodies physical durability, speed, strength, and survival capabilities. It is also because of these experiments, Orochimaru is completely invulnerable to conventional techniques. He has endured a flurry of punches from Tsunade's monstrous superhuman strength, a direct attack from Naruto's three-tailed state, and a direct hit from Sasuke's Dragon Fire Technique,[31] all of which were able to only damage his face mask. Even being bisected by a four-tailed Naruto was unable to slow him down, as he simply reconnected himself. Other modifications include manipulating the shape of his body and shedding himself of it, to completely recreate and heal injuries. Thus, even if Orochimaru is unable to transfer bodies, he can easily heal and evade attacks, rendering him virtually immortal in battle. These abilities are otherwise known as, The Power of the White Snake.

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Orochimaru's true form after many experiments.

In his quest to gain immortality, Orochimaru has made even more gruesome modifications to his body, resulting in his natural form taking on the appearance of a giant, white snake composed of many smaller snakes. The snakes that compose Orochimaru's body can extend themselves to strike and bind targets, and if Orochimaru is sliced to pieces, the body can instantly reform, making him very difficult to kill. Additionally, the blood that is released by killing the snakes is poisonous, evaporating into the air and paralysing anyone who has breathed it in, something that makes long lasting fights against him a bad choice.

Experimentation Edit

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Orochimaru showing Kabuto one of his experiments.

Due to his desire to obtain all known ninja techniques, Orochimaru developed extensive research work throughout his years, performing experiments on himself and on other individuals to further comprehend their abilities and develop new ones from them. Such examples include him discovering the workings of Jūgo's clan's abilities and his subsequent development of the cursed seal, the modifications done to his own body, the extensive research done to Hashirama Senju's cells as well as integrating them into Danzō Shimura, amongst many other test subjects. Most notably, Orochimaru was able to rewrite Yamato's DNA to that of Hashirama's in the attempt to recreate his considerable powers. Although Yamato survived the procedure, he was a success among many failures. Kabuto once noted, that Orochimaru could even protect the cellular structure of his experiments, preventing anyone from gaining knowledge from them.[39] In the anime it was revealed that even from a very small sample, Orochimaru could cultivate cells to recreate the origin, as shown with what he did with the horn of Gyūki.[9] The horn itself not only grew to its original size, but also produced vast amounts of chakra, identical to the latter. Although later put into use by Kabuto, the extracted chakra was potent enough to create a pseudo-jinchūriki, with power equal to that of a true jinchūriki.[9]

With his expertise in the medical field, Orochimaru was able to concoct a series of drugs with any desired effect, each designed to aid him in what ever he's doing. At one point in time, Orochimaru created genjutsu pills that were strong enough to subdue a jinchūriki and their tailed beast simultaneously. In another, Orochimaru created the Mind Awakening Pill, to help speed up the cursed seal's progression.

Chakra Edit

Orochimaru has been noted, on many occasions, to have extremely foul and powerful chakra. Upon releasing his chakra, it causes a dense effect on the atmosphere. When fighting his former sensei, Hiruzen Sarutobi, the sheer force of both individuals' releasing their chakra caused the building they were fighting upon to crack.[40] Likewise, his chakra alone can incite fear into his foes, causing them to hallucinate or render them incapable of breathing.[41][42] In addition, Orochimaru has shown considerable chakra control. During the three years his hands were sealed by Hiruzen, preventing Orochimaru from performing hand signs, the Sannin was still able to perform various less-complicated yet powerful techniques.

Other Skills Edit

Orochimaru is skilled in taijutsu, able to effortlessly over-power Sasuke with his two-tomoe Sharingan. He also showed immense strength, as when he was walking to Tanzaku Quarters, he was immensely frustrated by the pain he was in and used only a kick to knock down a tree.[43] In another instance he was able to strike with enough force to destroy a large tree, despite being a distance away from it.[31] He is also skilled in kenjutsu, able to use the Sword of Kusanagi to fend of the masterful staff-fighting skills of his former teacher in the Third Hokage. Much like Yoroi Akadō, he can quickly absorb chakra through hand contact, as shown when absorbed all of his chakra back from Kabuto instantly; using the chakra to strengthen himself. However, unlike Yoroi, Orochimaru is also able to absorb any information from the one whose chakra he's absorbing. He is also has adept skill in Space–Time Ninjutsu, having designed a technique to imprison a target's soul. He also possesses immense skills at subterfuge, escapism, espionage, and tracking, being able to track Kabuto Yakushi for years unnoticed by everyone all while he trained him to be a more powerful shinobi under his tutelage.

Stats Edit

Databook Ninjutsu Taijutsu Genjutsu Intelligence Strength Speed Stamina Hand seals Total
Third 5 3.5 5 5 3.5 4.5 3.5 5 35

Part I Edit

Chūnin Exam Arc Edit

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Orochimaru disguised as Shiore.

For a while, since leaving Konoha, Orochimaru left his hometown alone until the chance to destroy it presented itself. The opportunity presented itself when he forms a partnership with the Fourth Kazekage of Sunagakure, who desired Konoha's destruction, planning their invasion during the Chūnin Exams. Orochimaru also used the invasion as an opportunity to test Sasuke Uchiha, Itachi's younger brother, if he can be of use as a vessel. Prior to the commencement of the second part of the Chūnin Exams, Orochimaru murdered a team of Kusagakure genin to impersonate its leader Shiore and infiltrate the Forest of Death. Using a snake summon to separates Naruto from Team 7, the disguised Orochimaru subjected Sasuke to his Killing Intent with the youth unable to fight due to the fear instilled into him. However, the fear subsided with Naruto's timely appearance and convincing Sasuke to muster his courage before Orochimaru interferes with the jinchūriki's seal while knocking him out for the duration of the fight. After being subjected to Sasuke's Dragon Fire Technique as it partially burned off his disguise, Orochimaru expresses pride in Sasuke's abilities before branding his target with his Cursed Seal of Heaven and taking his leave. As he sends Team Dosu as sacrificial lambs to test Sasuke, having Kabuto accompany Team 7 to witness Sasuke use the curse seal's power, Orochimaru is confronted by Anko as he tells her that the Konoha will continue the exams under threat of his retaliation if they cancel it.

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Orochimaru disguised as an Otogakure jōnin.

During the preliminary rounds of the Chūnin Exams, Orochimaru disguised himself as the leader of his genin team to watch Sasuke's performance against Yoroi Akadō and more obsessive upon seeing him suppress the Cursed Seal with sheer will. After Kakashi was able to seal away the mark on Sasuke, Orochimaru confronted him. He made no attempt to hide his envy of Kakashi's Sharingan, and noted before leaving that Sasuke will eventually come to him seeking power.

Invasion of Konoha Arc Edit

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Orochimaru revealing his female host body.

Eventually, on the day of the final round matches, with all attack preparations complete, Orochimaru murdered the Fourth Kazekage and assumed his identity to sit next to Hiruzen to oversee the proceedings. However, the invasion of Konoha began, Orochimaru makes his move to kill his former master. Having the Sound Four discard the guises of the Kazekage's bodyguards, Orochimaru has them erect a barrier to hold the other Konoha ninja back to prevent any interference. Having regretting letting Orochimaru escape years earlier, Hiruzen agrees to battle his former pupil. Exhilarated that he could finally fight his former teacher, Orochimaru used Impure World Reincarnation to summon Hashirama Senju and his brother Tobirama to have the first two Hokage to attack their successor. During the fight, Orochimaru reveals to Hiruzen the fruits of his labour from mastering Living Corpse Reincarnation with the host body he took after his brush-in with Itachi and his intention to make Sasuke into his next host.

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Orochimaru fighting Hiruzen.

Horrified on how far Orochimaru has truly went, with both his age and the regenerative abilities of the two first Hokage placing him in a grand disadvantage, Hiruzen resolves to stop Orochimaru with the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, sealing away the souls of the two Hokage prior to going after Orochimaru himself. Not wishing to join the three Hokages' souls in being trapped within the Reaper's stomach, Orochimaru stabbed Hiruzen through the back of his chest with his Sword of Kusanagi before the weakened Hiruzen resolves to only seal the part of Orochimaru's soul within his arms. Cursing the dying Hiruzen for robbing him of his use of ninjutsu, Orochimaru is carried off by the Sound Four with the invasion halted. Afterwards, Sunagakure broke ties with Orochimaru upon discovering the corpse of the Fourth Kazekage.

Search for Tsunade Arc Edit

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Orochimaru vs. Jiraiya.

After barely being able to stand the pain from his rotting arms, Orochimaru plans to have his condition healed by appealing Tsunade with the offer to reincarnate her Nawaki and Dan to win her cooperation. However, though she seemed to agreed, Tsunade had actually intended to kill him to ensure he never attacks Konoha again. Kabuto intervened before she could do so, intending to force her to help before Jiraiya, Shizune and Naruto soon arrived to her aid. While Orochimaru and Jiraiya (having earlier been drugged by Tsunade and thus unable to properly perform techniques) faced off, Kabuto battled Naruto before being defeated. Seeing this and seeing a potential threat, Orochimaru resolves to kill Naruto before Tsunade teams up with Jiraiya to face their former teammate. Despite summoning Manda, managing to hide his condition from the giant serpent as he fights Gamabunta, Orochimaru is forced to give up healing his arms and just take a new host body.

Sasuke Retrieval Arc Edit

The Vessel Arrives Too Late

Orochimaru's body rotting.

Even though he had hoped to wait for Sasuke to grow older, Orochimaru sent his Sound Four to retrieve and bring Sasuke to him. He held out for as long as he could, anticipating Sasuke's arrival, but the pain in his arms became too unbearable so he is given no choice but to take the body of Gen'yūmaru, whom Kabuto had prepared earlier. After agreeing to release Gen'yūmaru's clansmen in return for his sacrifice, Orochimaru proceeds to use Living Corpse Reincarnation on his new host. Though the act undid most of the damage caused by the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, it still left Orochimaru incapable of using techniques requiring hand seals.

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Orochimaru after possessing Gen'yūmaru.

While still waiting for Sasuke, bandaged up within his new host with Kabuto by his side, Orochimaru comments that either Jirōbō or Kidōmaru would be slowing down the group, but expressed doubts about Sakon's strength, which Kabuto brings up, stating Tayuya was just as strong, and Kimimaro, lamenting that the latter's illness made it impossible to have him as a perfect vessel as originally intended. But with Kimimaro's death, Orochimaru stated that he no longer cared about his previous protégé and instead commented his desire for Sasuke. As he is stuck in Gen'yūmaru's body for the next three years, Orochimaru decided to start training Sasuke once he finally arrived, hoping to shape him into the ideal host while being highly impressed and excited by the chakra that Sasuke revealed in response to Kabuto's threat for not giving Orochimaru his respect.

Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs Edit

Orochimaru's background is expanded upon in the anime, delving into parts of his past not addressed in the manga.

In the Land of Rice Fields Arc, he was shown to have recruited some of the members of the Fūma clan to become Otogakure ninja, by promising to restore them to their former glory. Later, Arashi disguised himself as Orochimaru, killed his fellow clansmen to gain power before being killed himself.

In the Land of the Sea Arc, Orochimaru's time with Anko Mitarashi is expanded upon. It is also revealed during his time in Konoha, he secretly built many experiment facilities in many countries, including Land of the Sea and gather many human guineapigs over ten years. Orochimaru, Anko, and nine others came to the Land of the Sea, where he branded them with cursed seals. When Anko was the only one to survive, he arrived at the ten percent survival rate of the process. However, Anko lacked the personality to properly utilise its power, and as such, proved to not be very useful to Orochimaru. Although she believed he had abandoned her, she remembered during the arc that she chose to leave him. In addition, he is also shown to have previously had an interest in creating an army capable of breathing and operating underwater. Realising it would take too much time on his own, Orochimaru contracted with a rogue scientist named Amachi, and began experimenting on the country's citizens, notably Isaribi. He eventually lost interest in the program and demanded it be discontinued, but Amachi continued regardless.

Part II Edit

Sasuke and Sai Arc Edit

Gathering of the Snakes

Orochimaru vs. Naruto.

Two and a half years later, Yamato-led Team Kakashi, hoping to find Sasuke, learned of an opportunity from a dying Sasori that he was meeting with his spy, Kabuto. Posing as Sasori within his Hiruko puppet, the group's temporary leader Yamato meets with Kabuto while the others watch. However, Orochimaru arrives as Kabuto destroys the Hiruko, Orochimaru clarifying to a confused Kabuto that Sasori never came as the rest of Team Kakashi reveal themselves to fight the two ninja. Although he was surprised to see Yamato has survived his experiments involving Hashirama's DNA, Orochimaru was more interested to see if Naruto has become as strong as "his Sasuke". As Naruto assumes his three-tailed form in response, Orochimaru is able to elude Naruto, finding the battle extremely enjoyable while provoking Naruto further.

Sanjuu Rashomon

Orochimaru's three Rashōmon gates.

It was only after Naruto submitted to Kurama's influence and entered his mindless four-tailed form, Orochimaru took the fight more seriously due to both Naruto now able to kill him and his host body beginning to reject him after he used his Kusanagi to force Naruto away. While he briefly recuperated, Orochimaru was approached by Sai, who made an offer on behalf of Danzō to work together in destroying Konoha. Intrigued, Orochimaru and Kabuto took him back to their base. Later, after the rest of Team Kakashi arrived at the lair and Sai teamed up with them, Orochimaru confronted Sai and Naruto to question Sai about his loyalties. He fled before he could be drawn into another fight, and later kept Sasuke from killing the team, noting that they might kill another Akatsuki member like they had done with Sasori.

Three-Tails Arc Edit

Main article: Three-Tails Arc In the anime, sensing that the time was close approaching to change vessels, Orochimaru sent Kabuto to find Guren, so that she could help with preparations for the process. During this time, Orochimaru was also experimenting on a child named Yūkimaru, with unusual powers. Orochimaru eventually decided it was time to test Sasuke's abilities, and watched in awe as he defeated an army of ninja, without killing any, and without receiving a scratch. As Sasuke walked off, Orochimaru admitted that while he used to be recognised as a genius, Sasuke's powers far surpassed his own when he was Sasuke's age.

Noticing that Guren was watching, he offered her another chance to prove herself worthy as Orochimaru's next vessel, to which she was delighted. Orochimaru teamed her up with Yūkimaru, noting that their two abilities should work well together. Later, it was revealed that Orochimaru also chose Guren because he knew she would eventually grow attached to Yūkimaru, which he appeared to have a use for. He ordered Kabuto to be ready to eliminate her should she betray him.

Later, after receiving word that the Konoha shinobi were complicating things, Orochimaru decided he might have to intervene personally. Later, after Yūkimaru lost his abilities and Guren supposedly died, Kabuto reported back to his master about the failed operation. Orochimaru dismissed it as nothing more than a minor setback, saying once he had Sasuke's body, it wouldn't make any difference.

Itachi Pursuit Arc Edit

Chidori Sharp Spear

Sasuke attacks Orochimaru.

On the verge of being rejected by his current body, Orochimaru contemplated how best to take Sasuke's body. Also, in the anime only, he and Kabuto recapped all the events that led to Sasuke defecting, and how much he had improved since. Before he could formulate his plan, Sasuke attacks him, having decided that Orochimaru was unworthy of having an Uchiha's body, and tries to kill him with Chidori Sharp Spear, but only succeeds in piercing his arm. Orochimaru proceeded to reveal his true body, a large white snake made of a multitude of smaller snakes, in order to initiate the body-switch process.

Sasuke Defeats Orochimaru

Sasuke defeats Orochimaru.

Sasuke however cuts up Orochimaru's large snake body, only to realise that the vaporising blood is turning into a poison and Orochimaru successfully starts the body-switch process. Sasuke however stops the process like Itachi had done years earlier, but took it a step further by turning the switch against Orochimaru, absorbing him into his own body. Sasuke gained access to some of Orochimaru's abilities, but at the same time had to dedicate some of his chakra to suppressing Orochimaru.

Orochimaru Pierced By Susanoo

Orochimaru pierced by the Totsuka Sword.

During his battle with Itachi, Sasuke ran out of chakra, and Orochimaru was able to emerge through his signature Eight Branches Technique. He marvelled at the fact that he would finally have the chance to take Sasuke's body, but was immediately pierced through by Itachi's Susanoo. At first Orochimaru boasted that it would take more than that to kill him, but he suddenly realised something was wrong and that he was pierced by the Totsuka Sword that he himself had been searching for. Orochimaru was then sealed away by Itachi's Susanoo, as well as removing the cursed seal from Sasuke. A single white snake escaped from Susanoo, but was later killed by Amaterasu's black flames.[44]

Shinobi World War Arc Edit

Kabuto using Orochimaru's powers

Kabuto creates a manifestation of Orochimaru

During his battle against Sasuke and Itachi, Kabuto creates a manifestation of Orochimaru in his true form. While the two brothers fend of the snake, Kabuto emerges from Orochimaru's mouth and bisects Itachi. Kabuto later creates the manifestation of Orochimaru again when attacking the brothers, but it is stopped by the Susanoo.

Ten-Tails Revival Arc Edit

Kaija Hōin

Sasuke revives Orochimaru.

Following Kabuto's defeat, and his reunion with Suigetsu Hōzuki and Jūgo, Sasuke learns of the scroll they found at one of Orochimaru's hideouts and resolves to revive him for answers following what he learned from Itachi. Sasuke succeeds in reviving Orochimaru by pulling his consciousness out of Anko's cursed seal and transferring it into the physical form Jūgo provided by absorbing some of Kabuto's modified flesh. Despite Suigetsu's fears of his next action as he reclaims the rest of his chakra that Kabuto took from him, Orochimaru explains that he is neither interested in Tobi's war nor strong enough to even attempt to take Sasuke's body if he wanted to. However, Orochimaru, noting the change in his former student, does agree to take Sasuke to one who has the answers he wants.

Dead Demon Consuming Seal - Release

Orochimaru releases the sealed souls from the Shinigami.

Arriving in Konohagakure, Orochimaru and the others sense Naruto's chakra from a great distance away. Noting that Sasuke was annoyed by this, Orochimaru pressed on with the group at the young man's behest. He lead them to the Uzumaki Clan's Mask Storage Temple to pick up a mask from the ruins, and then takes the group to the underground hall in the Naka Shrine. Orochimaru proceeded to don the mask which invoked the Shinigami to possess his body. Orochimaru then proceeded to cut open the Shinigami's stomach, a wound reflected on his own body, to release the trapped contents inside the Shinigami.

Orochimaru prepares Edo Tensei

Orochimaru casts the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique.

With his arms restored as well, Orochimaru performed the Impure World Reincarnation using four of the six White Zetsu clone spores that Jūgo activated from Sasuke's body. Ordering Suigetsu and Jūgo hold two of the Zetsu down, the remaining four Zetsu are used as the bodies for the reincarnation of the previous four Hokage. To escape death, Orochimaru transferred his being in the White Zetsu Suigetsu was holding down. Once the Hokage were reincarnated, revealing he researched the means to undo the Dead Demon Consuming Seal, Orochimaru explained that his reasons for bringing them back were for them to aid Sasuke by giving him the information he desired. When Orochimaru accused the Second Hokage of being the one to cause the coup d'etat to surface, he was rebuffed by the Hokage who later explained that he had tried to save the Uchiha from themselves. When Tobirama later declared that he was heading to the battlefield, Orochimaru's new vessel provided him with access to Hashirama's cells, allowing him to bind the Hokage. Noting that Hashirama had broke his control over him, Orochimaru is told by the First that he would first free Sasuke from the darkness which surrounded him. During this course of events, Sasuke had a flashback about a conversation he and Orochimaru had as they made their way to Konoha where Sasuke stated that he does not believe Orochimaru's reasons to destroy Konoha were on a whim.

After hearing Sasuke's decision to protect the village, Orochimaru announces that he will also help in the war effort against Madara. When Hiruzen asks him after why he changed his mind after all these years, Orochimaru explains that he made an error in judgement from watching Kabuto act in his stead and is now interested to see the result of Sasuke's "different path" of not letting those who sacrificed themselves for the village go to waste.

Orochimaru enters the battlefield

Orochimaru and his group arrive to the battlefield.

Later, Orochimaru arrived to the place where Tsunade and the other Kage were left severely wounded, alongside Suigetsu and Karin, commenting that Tsunade was in a rather bad shape. He broke up the arguing Karin and Suigetsu, and ordered them to help Katsuyu heal Tsunade. Later, Orochimaru, along with the five Kage, Suigetsu, and Karin, arrive at the battlefield, where the entire Allied Shinobi Forces are struggling against Obito Uchiha, who recently became the jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails. As Obito began the final stages of his and Madara's grand plan: "Infinite Tsukuyomi", Hashirama had Ino Yamanaka telepathically link everyone via the Mind Body Transmission Technique to inform everyone about the plan as well as try and rally the shinobi to continue fighting. While Hashirama's words fail to inspire them, Naruto's memories are conveyed to them via Ino's telepathy. The Sannin looked on solemnly as Naruto remembered the memorial he erected for Jiraiya.

Orochimaru fights

Orochimaru attacks the Shinju with his snakes.

As Sasuke had Jūgo transfer some of his natural energy into the Uchiha, who immediately channelled it into his complete Susanoo, Orochimaru watched on, greatly impressed at how far Sasuke has come and notes that he still had much room to grow.

Later, while asserting that he had no interest in the war, Orochimaru noted that Obito's plan would interfere with his experiments, he then decided to heed his former sensei's urgings and participate in the war. With his assistance, Hiruzen was able to destroy the Shinju's branches into pieces. As Naruto began his great tug-of-war against Obito, Orochimaru alongside Hiruzen watched on as the Shinju's flower halted its blooming.

Infinite Tsukuyomi Arc Edit

After a momentary lull in the battle after Obito is defeated, the Allied Forces was attacked by Guruguru, who created an enormous wooden statue to assault them. Orochimaru teamed up with his former subordinates to effectively subdue their attacker in order to make a break for Sasuke's location. He was then impressed by Karin's ability to use the chakra chains and he was reminded of Kushina Uzumaki. As they raced towards where Karin last senses Sasuke, Orochimaru noticed that the young woman was expending herself. Contemplating the situation, he wondered solemnly if this was really the end for Sasuke.

Mugen Tsukuyomi in Orochimaru

Orochimaru is trapped in the Infinite Tsukuyomi.

Upon reaching Sasuke, they found Kabuto merging with Sasuke, seemingly to assimilate the Uchiha. When asking his former right-hand man why he came, Kabuto simply explained that his experience under the effects of Izanami made him rediscover his true identity as simply Kabuto Yakushi and acknowledged what he always sought was back at the Konoha orphanage. Wanting to make up for his mistakes, starting with healing Sasuke through his medical ninjutsu and instructions from Tobirama. Eventually, Kabuto succeeded in healing Sasuke, who quickly returned to his feet and was ready to resume the battle. Orochimaru was later caught in Madara's Infinite Tsykuyomi.

Influence Edit

Orochimaru apparently kept tabs on Akatsuki, as Kabuto was knowledgeable about Zetsu, and Tobi's machination to revive the Ten-Tails.[45] Even when removed from reality by Itachi, being an extensive researcher, the notes he left behind were still coveted as vast stores of knowledge to those fortunate enough to come across them, as seen when one of his hidden rooms is found by Suigetsu and Jūgo, the former of which finds information he believes can impact the war.[46]

In his absence, Kabuto used Orochimaru's remains from his battle with Sasuke to integrate his master's DNA into himself in order to surpass him.[47] Having also assimilated the DNA of Sakon and Ukon to procure their abilities, Kabuto uses the twins' Attack of the Twin Demons to produce a construct of Orochimaru that transforms into his White Snake form and lunges at an opponent. However, Orochimaru lived on, in a sense, through cursed seals and Kabuto after the latter integrated Orochimaru's DNA into himself.[48] Knowing the nature of the seal to contain parts of Orochimaru's consciousness, Sasuke revived Orochimaru by transferring a portion of Orochimaru's DNA which was retrieved from Kabuto's modified body into Anko's Cursed Seal of Heaven.[49]

Movies Edit

Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds Edit

Orochimaru made a small appearance along with Kabuto. Feeling that his time was running out before he had to transfer his soul again, but fearing that the repeated use of his techniques was starting to be too taxing, he ordered Sasuke to retrieve a man named Shinnō, who had developed his own immortality technique. In the end, Sasuke failed to get the man, but did retrieve the scroll containing the technique's information. Orochimaru noticed that Sasuke's demeanour seemed shaken from the mission.

Video Games Edit

Orochimaru is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Jump Ultimate Stars 23 November 2006
Naruto RPG 2: Chidori vs. Rasengan 14 July 2005
Naruto Shippūden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 17 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2 29 November 2007
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 3 27 November 2008
Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! Special 2 December 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 2 24 April 2008 15 September 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ninja Destiny 3 28 April 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Shinobi Rumble 22 April 2010 8 February 2011
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4 5 April 2007 24 March 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5 20 December 2007 27 November 2009
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 10 December 2009 11 May 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 21 October 2010 19 October 2010
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations 23 February 2012 13 March 2012
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014
Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 4 December 2003 26 September 2006
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 23 October 2007
Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution 2 21 October 2008
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 3 20 November 2004
Naruto: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! 4 21 November 2005
Naruto: Konoha Senki 12 September 2003
Naruto: Ninja Council 3 27 April 2006 22 May 2007
Naruto: Ninja Destiny 14 December 2006 20 March 2008
Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2 13 July 2006 14 October 2008
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja 30 October 2007
Naruto: The Broken Bond 18 November 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 23 October 2003 26 June 2006
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 30 September 2004 12 June 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 22 December 2005 25 March 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 28 August 2007
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 2: The Phantom Fortress 30 March 2006 24 June 2008
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 15 January 2009 4 November 2008

Creation and Conception Edit

As one of the villains in the story, Kishimoto created Orochimaru as an antithesis to the protagonists' values. His snake-like appearance and related features were intended to make it easier for the reader to recognise that he is a villain. In an interview, Kishimoto asserted that making the villains "flamboyant" was one of his "guiding principles", and attributed this to his desire to have the villains possess a "powerful aura".

Following this theme of distinguishing villains, Kishimoto attempted to make Orochimaru's face appear "pasty and sickly," which serves to emphasise the "scary looks" that Kishimoto frequently has Orochimaru performing in the manga. As these occurrences are his "trademark", Kishimoto modifies Orochimaru's appearance and the scene to focus on Orochimaru's face; for instance, highlights that are normally added to Orochimaru's hair are removed and the background is blanked out to create a "creepy atmosphere".

Trivia Edit

  • Orochi means "Great Snake" and Maru is a common suffix in male names.
  • Orochimaru borrows heavily from Japanese myth and literature:
    • Literature — Orochimaru's name, as well as those of Jiraiya and Tsunade, come from the "The Tale of the Gallant Jiraiya" (児雷也豪傑物語, Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari). The Orochimaru in that story was originally a student of Jiraiya's called Yashagorō, until he was corrupted by snake magic and took on the name Orochimaru.
    • Myth — Yamata-no-Orochi (八岐大蛇, Eight-forked Giant Snake), a giant eight-tailed, eight-headed snake killed with the Totsuka Sword by the god Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who found the Kusanagi Sword in one of its tails. This mirrors almost exactly how Itachi Uchiha using Totsuka Sword wielding Susanoo sealed Orochimaru, while in his Yamata form, and wielding the Kusanagi Sword kept inside of him.
  • In the English VIZ translation of chapter 49, Orochimaru introduces himself to Sasuke as "Orochimaru, the Giant Snake". This was not present in the original version.
  • The symbolism of Orochimaru's snake affiliation can be also tied to how many cultures, Eastern and Western, perceived snakes as symbols of immortality and rebirth via the shedding of their skin.
  • Orochimaru shares his blood type with his former team-mates, Jiraiya and Tsunade.
  • After the preliminaries conclude, he is never shown again wearing an Otogakure headband.
  • Studio Pierrot's Settei sheets of Orochimaru show that he was 153 cm when he was part of Hiruzen's genin team.
  • According to the databook(s):
    • Orochimaru's hobby is creating techniques.
    • Orochimaru wishes to fight those with techniques that can be used in the future.
    • Orochimaru's favourite food are eggs, while his least favourites are anything cold.
    • During his time as a Konoha-nin, Orochimaru has completed 1,468 official missions in total: 16 D-rank, 332 C-rank, 521 B-rank, 491 A-rank, 108 S-rank.
    • Orochimaru's favourite words are "destroy" (破壊, hakkai) and "chaos" (混沌, konton).
  • Orochimaru appears in the anime adaptation of Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden as the comedic main antagonist. Like the main series, he plans to destroy Konoha, but after his début, he aims more at seeking revenge on Team Guy for foiling his plans.

Quotes Edit

  • (To Kabuto) "You just don't have enough information to explain yourself yet. Your glasses, your name, being someone's child is not something that can show who really you are. But that is fine. If you're not happy on what you have now… you can just find new things to find up. …You see, I also want to find who I really am. That's why I'm collecting a bit of everything."[50]
  • (To Hiruzen) "I want to obtain all the techniques and gain a true understanding of everything in this world. The first one to mix blue and yellow called the new colour "green". I want to do something similar to that. If blue is the chakra, then yellow is the seal, and green is the technique… Just as there is no end to the variety of colours, there are so many thousands… tens of thousands of techniques in the world as well. But in order to obtain every possible technique and truth, it would require an eternity. Only one who understands everything after spending such time on this can be fittingly called the Ultimate Being."[51]
  • (To Hiruzen) "What nonsense! In the grand scheme of time, you're nothing more than a trivial footnote in the brief history of a cluster of huts called "Konoha"! In time, the Hokage Stone Faces will crumble and be worn down to nothing…"[52]
  • (To a young Kimimaro) "Maybe, just maybe, there is no purpose in life. But if you linger a while longer in this world, you might discover something of value in it, like how you discovered that flower. Or, how I discovered you one fateful night."[53]
  • (To Kabuto, talking about Tsunade) "The best medicines always taste bitter."[54]
  • (About Naruto) "This child… intrigues me to no end!"[55]
  • (About Sasuke) "When I watch this boy, I look back to the time I was called a genius, and think how ridiculous it was."[56]
  • (About Yūkimaru) "When there is a true desire in the heart and that desire is strong… that is when he finds real strength that even he did not know he had."[57]
  • (To Sasuke) "I refuse… to let this happen! I am Orochimaru! I am immortal! I will not die here! Destined to discover the true meaning behind everything! Destined to take control of everything in this world!!"[58]
  • (To Suigetsu about Sasuke) "It's just like the time when I planned on crushing the Konohagakure… He has chosen a divergent path from the village… But even so, it'll always have some sentimental value. He's soaking that all in and coming to terms with… The consequences of his future actions and reaffirming his resolve."[59]
  • (To Tsunade, about Jiraiya) "People change. It's just a matter of whether they die before it happens. Although he died just the way he was."[60]
  • (To Hiruzen) "Fine, let's bring back the memories… of when I was your student."[61]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, pages 46-49
  2. Second Databook, pages 57-61
  3. Third Databook, pages 52-55
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 122, page 7
  5. Naruto chapter 344, pages 16-17
  6. Naruto chapter 369, pages 11-12
  7. Naruto chapter 372, page 11
  8. Naruto chapter 446, page 4
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Naruto: Shippūden episode 318
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  11. Naruto chapter 121, page 7
  12. Naruto chapter 116, pages 3-4
  13. Naruto: Shippūden episode 351
  14. Naruto chapter 291, pages 14-15
  15. Naruto chapter 478, pages 10-11
  16. 16.0 16.1 Naruto chapter 579, page 17
  17. 17.0 17.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 352
  18. Naruto chapter 583, page 17-20
  19. Naruto chapters 121-122
  20. Naruto: Shippūden episode 354
  21. Naruto: Shippūden episode 355
  22. Naruto chapter 267, page 4
  23. Naruto chapter 345
  24. Naruto chapter 290, page 14
  25. Naruto chapter 392, pages 16-17
  26. Naruto chapter 593, pages 9-10
  27. Naruto chapter 618, page 10
  28. Naruto: Shippūden episode 361
  29. Naruto chapter 619, page 1
  30. Naruto: Shippūden episode 113
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 Naruto episode 30
  32. Naruto chapter 663, page 11
  33. Naruto chapter 618, pages 9-15
  34. Naruto chapter 618, page 14
  35. Naruto chapter 620, page 11
  36. Naruto chapter 593, pages 15-17
  37. 37.0 37.1 Naruto chapter 593, page 9
  38. Naruto chapter 521, page 17
  39. Naruto chapter 290, page 3
  40. Naruto episode 69
  41. Naruto episode 28
  42. Naruto episode 139
  43. Naruto episode 88
  44. Naruto chapter 394, page 3
  45. Naruto chapter 512, page 6
  46. Naruto chapter 574, pages 6-7
  47. Naruto chapter 584, pages 16-17
  48. Naruto chapter 627, page 13
  49. Naruto chapter 593, pages 6-7
  50. Naruto chapter 584, page 10
  51. Naruto chapter 121, page 12
  52. Narutochapter 122, page 15
  53. Naruto episode 126
  54. Naruto chapter 153, page 13
  55. Naruto chapter 293, page 15
  56. Naruto chapter 343, page 3
  57. Naruto: Shippūden episode 105
  58. Naruto chapter 346, page 6
  59. Naruto chapter 618, page 6
  60. Naruto chapter 635, page 9
  61. Naruto chapter 650, page 4

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